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"
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