Sam’s Hawaiian Odyssey: Waikiki Beach & the Duke


As I sat along Waikiki Beach, I was struck by the number of surfers who put leis on a statue of a man near the beach’s entrance. It wasn’t until I asked around that I found out that the statue depicted Duke Kahanamoku, a legendary surfer who won five Olympic Medals. Ever since the placement of a statue, surfers have been paying homage to Duke by putting a lei around the statue’s neck—hoping he will protect them from rough surf. By the end of the day, every day, the statue is covered in beautiful leis.

Duke is credited for popularizing the sport of surfing. The video below chronicles his amazing accomplishments—check it out!

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