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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 ...


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


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 ...