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Legacy of Hawaii’s most beloved, honored athlete endures 50 years after his death

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Duke Kahanamoku posed in a swimming pool in Los Angeles on Aug. 11, 1933.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER ARCHIVE

    Duke Kahanamoku poses with actress Shirley Temple. He appeared in 19 Hollywood films and documentaries, mostly as a character actor but four as himself, as well as on numerous television programs between 1925 and 1967.

  • BISHOP MUSEUM

    Duke Kahanamoku and his self-constructed hollow board at Waikiki in about 1935, with the Moana Hotel at the far left.

  • DENNIS ODA / 1998

    Duke Kahanamoku poses with Aileen Riggin Soule, left, and Helen Wainwright at the 1920 Olympic Games. Soule won a gold medal in springboard (called fancy diving) and Wainwright the silver.

  • DENNIS ODA / 2002

    Duke Kahanamoku posed in a swimming pool in Los Angeles on Aug. 11, 1933. The commemorative stamp of Kahanamoku was based on his pose above.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 1960

    Duke Kahanamoku with his wife, Nadine, on July 10, 1960.

Fifty years ago today Hawaii lost one of its most famous keiki o ka aina and, arguably, its greatest athlete. Read more

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