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“on a wave with the "Duke"”

Statue of Duke Kahanamoku
Ranked #48 of 341 things to do in Honolulu
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki across the road from the Dukes statue in Aug 2013 while the nine day OceanFest was in full swing, an annually festival held to commemorate his life and legacy.
He was a five -time Olympic medallist in swimming from 1912 played on the US water polo team, had a stint as an actor ,a brilliant longboard surfer for Hawaii for many years, if you ever seen the waves of the pipeline back in the day with the Duke riding his board would of been a sight to treasure to this day.
On the 24th, all those who were lucky enough to gather and be part of his memorial service with family and friends at the statue was a blessing, and later the dressing of the lei's, over the outstretched arms of the "Duke" was told to us that's the "Aloha" gesture of welcome, made our stay more memorable of where we come from and who the Hawaiians are, and why thousands flock to a fabulous holiday paradise.".sure is somewhere over the rainbow"

Thank lyank
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Made a special trip just to see and take a photo, we have been in Waikiki for 5 days and 10 days in Oahu total and we kept passing this statue but never really got the chance to take a photo so on the very last night, we went out of our way to go here and pay our respects since my hubby was a surfer, sometimes you take things for granted because its always there I knew its one of my must-take-and see- when I came back.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

to a sports icon. Love the way people leave leis out of respect. Don't have to be a surfer to appreciate the sport. Lovely view of Waikiki beach; even prettier at night when they light the torches.

Thank Em P
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

The Duke Kahanamoku statute is a great place for photos for the average visitor to Waikiki, more so for the avid surfers! We waited in a very short line (under 4 people) to take a couple photos with the statute. This attraction is free. Lots of people leave leis and flowers at the statute as a tribute. Lots to do nearby.

Thank travelfw
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

interesting statue right on the beach front, makes a good place to meet friends easily as quite prominant

Thank jooles2005
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