Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku was born (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) to a noble family of Native Hawaiians of Duke Halapu Kahanamoku and Julia Pa’akonia Lonokahikina Paoa. Ms. Paoa was a direct descendant of Kamehameha I. Shortly after Duke Jr. was born, the Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown, the territory became a state, and Duke became a United States citizen. Duke Jr. had five brothers and three sisters.
Representing the United States in the Olympics, Duke Medal record: 1912 Stockholm Olympic - Gold Medal in the 100m freestyle | 1912 Stockholm Olympic - Silver Medal in the 4 x 200m freestyle | 1920 Antwerp Olympic - Gold Medal in the 100m freestyle | 1920 Antwerp Olympic - Gold Medal in the 4 x 200m freestyle | 1924 Paris Olympic - Silver Medal in the 100m freestyle
Duke surfed on, January 22, 1968, at the age of 77 from a heart attack.
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