Alohacash $10 Oahu – Duke Kahanamoku


One of the most legendary surfers of all time is native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, affectionately known as “The Duke”. Not only was he renowned for his feats as a surfer, he was an Olympic swimmer and recorded in both the Swimming Hall of Fame and the Surfing Hall of Fame.

“Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) was a Hawaiian competition swimmer who was also known as an actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing. Kahanamoku was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming.”

– Wikipedia

Famous not only for his feats as an athlete, Duke was loved for his down-to-earth charm, warmth and humor. He found it amusing that many believed he was truly a “Duke” – although his parents were from prominent Hawaiian families; the Kahanamoku and the Paoa clans were actually lower-ranking chiefs or nobles, who were of service to the Aliʻi Nui, or Hawaiian royalty. Duke Kahanamoku embodies much of the beauty of spirit and grace of the native Hawaiian people, and is a symbol to all of the warmth and hospitality of the Islands – a fitting choice for the $10 denomination of Alohacash dedicated to the Island of Oahu, the other side depicting the state fish, Humuhumnukunukuapua’a.