Duke Kahanamoku: Twentieth Century Hawaiian Monarch. The Values and Contributions to Hawaiian Culture from Hawai'i's Sporting Legend
Born in 1890 Duke Paoa Kahinu Makoe Hulikohoa Kahanamoku3 died in 1968. In his lifetime, Hawai'i moved from an independent monarchy to full statehood in the United States of America. During Kahanamoku's era Hawaiian traditions, banned under the puritanical influence of nineteenth-century missionaries, were rediscovered and used as marketing tools to advertise a new Hawaiian culture. The concept of being Hawaiian moved from a standard of bloodlines to one of geographical citizenship. Kahanamoku was instrumental in all of these developments, whether by intention or by default. He symbolized the new Hawaii, and yet he was at the same time a vivid reminder of the old dying breed of pureblooded Hawaiians.
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