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Freeth, George Douglas (08 November 1883–07 April 1919), surfer, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of an English sea captain and a Hawaiian princess whose names are unknown. At the time of his birth, New England missionaries had succeeded in banishing surfing from most of the local island population. A noticeable exception to the surfing ban were members of the royal Hawaiian family. Given his royal status (Freeth’s mother was raised by Queen ...

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Duke Kahanamoku. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-115293).

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Kahanamoku, Duke Paoa (24 August 1890–22 January 1968), Olympic swimming champion and world-recognized surfer, was born and raised in the old Kalia District of Honolulu near the present location of the Hawaiian Village Hotel, the son of Halapu Kahanamoku, a police officer, and Paakonia Lonokahikini Paoa, or Julia. He was named after his father, who had been christened “Duke” by Princess Bernice ...