Heroes of Hawaii
And Their Respective Statues
Duke Kahanamoku’s (Duke Paoa Kahanamoku) lived from 1890-1968. His amazing swimming ability helped him to win five Olympic medals in the early twentieth century. He was also one of the original Waikiki Beach Boys, sportsmen who taught Waikiki visitors how to surf and canoe.
The "Beach Boys of Waikiki", which consisted of a teenager named Duke Kahanamoku and his friends. Eventually, the group started their own surfing club called Hui Nalu, or "The Club of the Waves." Duke and his friends later became known as the famous "Beach Boys of Waikiki" and are credited with the rebirth of modern surfing in the Hawaiian Islands. Duke is known as the Father of International Surfing after introducing the sport of surfing to those living on the Eastern seaboard.
In later life, Duke went on to spread the popularity of surfing to the world. His statue, which is on Kuhio Beach adjacent to Kalakaua avenue, welcomes visitors and residents to Waikiki with open arms.
Hawaii's Kamehameha was born in North Kohala on Hawaii’s Big Island. He is best known for uniting the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810 during a time of increasing western influence. His legendary strength and ferocity as a warrior was tempered by his diplomatic skill and his love for the Hawaiian people.
There are four statues of King Kamehameha. The most famous stands in front of Aliiolani Hale (across from Iolani Palace) in downtown Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The second is located near his birthplace in front of the North Kohala Civic Center on Hawaii’s Big Island. The third stands in Wailoa River State Park in Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island. The final statue can be found in National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.
In 1873, Belgium priest Father Damien arrived in Molokai. Islanders afflicted with the contagious Hansen’s disease were kept segregated here on the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula. After sixteen years of selflessly caring for the people of Kalaupapa, Father Damien himself succumbed to the disease.
Of his two statues, one is located in front of the State Capitol in downtown Honolulu on the island of Oahu and the other is in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.
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