Duke Kahanamoku stars in Google Doodle
- 24 August 2015 | Surfing
Google Doodle celebrates the 125th anniversary of Duke Kahanamoku's birthday. Have you seen it?
Matt Cruickshank, a visual artist from San Francisco and a member of the Google staff, depicted the father of modern surfing in a simple and iconic 16-foot wooden surfboard. Duke's warm Hawaiian smile is quickly perceived.
Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku - yes, that's his full name - was born on the 24th August 1890, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived 77 years and will always be remembered as the ultimate "Ambassador of Aloha."
The Big Kahuna won Olympic gold medals and surfing contests, participated in multiple Hollywood movies, worked as a lifeguard, and even served as Sheriff of Honolulu. Duke Kahanamoku is one of the most influential people in the history of surfing.