Bishop Museum honors the legacy of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku in a special exhibit

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku


Exhibit set to open August 9 through November 30, 2015 

Honolulu, HI – Bishop Museum honors the legacy of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku in a special exhibit from Aug. 9 – Nov. 30, 2015 in the J. M. Long Gallery. This exhibit will illuminate the many facets of Duke as an Olympian, surfer, ocean hero, movie star, ambassador of aloha, and family man. Duke, a public figure unrivaled in grace and humility, was a four-time Olympic participant and one of the greatest swimmers and surfers of all time; but his legacy transcends his winning resume. The beauty of Duke’s legendary fame are his core values of aloha, strength of character, and good sportsmanship which have lived, and will continue to live, through generations.

This original Bishop Museum exhibit brings to life the truly Hawaiian story of Honolulu-born Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of his birth. His simple beginnings, island heritage, international fame, and lasting legacy will all be explored with a unique collection of archival video and photographs, objects from his life, and fun activities that allow visitors to surf and play with one of Hawai‘i’s greatest native sons. Visitors can take control of a replica of Duke’s surfboard to reenact his legendary 1917 ride in a 3D video game environment, allowing them to experience how Duke rode a towering wave for more than a mile at Waikīkī on a finless board. The exhibit will also have a “Race Duke” swimming interactive where visitors will try to replicate Duke’s 1920 Olympic record time in the men’s 100 meter freestyle by using a table top upper body pedal exerciser.

“We’re honored to create an inspiring exhibit of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku’s extraordinary life,” said president and CEO of Bishop Museum, Blair D. Collis. “‘Aloha is my creed’ is what he lived by, and he took his passion and built an enduring legacy with hard work and strong ethics. These are great lessons, especially for future generations to experience.”

Duke was an accomplished public figure, and the exhibit will examine the many accomplishments of his life, including—

The Olympian – Famed for his swimming prowess and natural ability to cut through the water like a fish, Duke was a record-breaking Olympian and medalist in many other competitions who represented Hawai‘i in the sports world for over 20 years. His gold and silver Olympic medals, plus dozens of other medals and trophies, will be on display.

The Surfrider – Duke grew up on the shores of Waikīkī and was an early exponent of surfing when its revival began there in the early 1900s. He is credited with having introduced and popularized the sport in Australia and beyond, and executed the longest ride ever recorded in Waikīkī. Visitors will appreciate viewing his famous 10-foot redwood “Duke” surfboard framed by the boards of legendary surfers Tom Blake and John Kelly.

The Movie Star – Duke appeared in nearly 30 movies during the 1920s in Hollywood, and a few more in later years. He worked with and befriended legends like film director John Ford, and starred opposite John Wayne, the other ‘Duke.’ The exhibit will spotlight photos of Duke on the set in character from various films and with celebrity friends such as Arthur Godfrey (well-known American radio and TV broadcaster and entertainer), Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, and more.

The Business Man – In addition to his sports triumphs, Duke was successful in the business world. His ventures were diverse and ranged from owning two gas stations to being an aloha shirt promoter. Later in life, he became the front man of a small commercial empire that included Duke Kahanamoku’s Restaurant, the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championships, and an array of Duke Kahanamoku signature merchandise including floral-print tennis shoes, aloha shirts, surfboards, bellyboards, skateboards, ‘ukulele, and drinking glasses. Throughout his business endeavors he also served as the sheriff of Honolulu for 26 years. Duke’s sheriff’s badge and other artifacts from some of his many ventures will be on display.

The Ambassador – Because of his international fame and gracious character, Duke served as Hawai‘i’s unofficial greeter for famous visitors for decades, sharing its unique native culture and values with the world. Among his keepsakes, visitors can see Duke’s personal ʻukulele, which always traveled with him as an ambassador to the world. Additionally, photographs of Duke greeting notable visitors like actresses Mary Pickford and Shirley Temple will also be highlighted.

The Family Man – Born in 1890, the oldest of nine children, Duke was part of a large extended ‘ohana, and he learned the ways of the ocean from childhood at his family’s home at Kālia, located next to today’s Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. A variety of artifacts will provide an unprecedented look into this aspect of Duke’s life including photos of his childhood and the wedding rings that he and his wife, Nadine, once wore. Visitors can see a charm bracelet that Nadine made out of Duke’s medals, among other one of a kind items.

To compliment this monumental exhibit, Bishop Museum has partnered with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth to create a stage play about the extraordinary life of this figure. Bishop Museum’s own Moses Goods will star in the play “Duke” opening on Oct. 16. For more information visit

The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku exhibit was made possible by
Ward Village Foundation and Diamond Head Self Storage

Summer 2015 won’t be the same..

Aloha, I am so very sorry to say we are not holding the OGP surf camps this year. I hope you will please stay connected to us on Facebook for updates and other community/ocean girl project events this fall. I want to make sure and send a BIG Mahalo to the parents and ocean girls from past surf camps for staying in touch and mahalo to all those offering to volunteer this year! I greatly appreciate your understanding and loving support. Love to all our awesome volunteers, surf on ocean girls!

Much Aloha, Colleen Kudo

OGP Founder & Surf Camp mama.

ps..though we are not holding the week-long camps I have been stoked to be surfing with OGP surf camp graduates, if you would like to join us, you can write me: , message in our ocean girl project Facebook page or I will sea ya in the ocean soon!


Make A Difference this Holiday Season

Don’t know what to get the person who has everything or looking for a gift that benefits others? Below are links for great organizations helping others and the world, in no particular order…..

Ocean Girl Project LOVES SURFAID!

In 1999, physician and surfer Dr Dave Jenkins went on a surf charter to the Mentawai Islands with one goal in mind: to find perfect waves.

The surf proved to be everything he hoped for but he also found the Mentawai people, mostly women and children, suffering and dying from the ravages of malaria and other preventable diseases.

Dave found that he was unable to just walk away. It was a defining life moment. He sought support from long-time friend Dr Steve Hathaway, an epidemiologist, and in January 2000 they co-founded SurfAid International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering through community-based health programs.

In the aftermath of the 2004 Asian Tsunami and 2005 Nias Earthquake, SurfAid expanded its operations to Nias. With the support of the New Zealand and Australian Governments, the global surfing and wider community, and most importantly the Mentawai and Nias people of the affected areas themselves, SurfAid has come to exemplify the healing power of cross-cultural partnerships.


Thousands of children and adults of all ages, schools, organizations, individuals, from all nations contributed origami whales to raise awareness to the numbers that have been killed, as well as a call to action with the need to halt further slaughter of these amazing Beings.

As the whaling continues, 2,000 Origami Whales are added each year to reflect the most recent estimate of whales lost since 1986. Mahalo Peggy for all that you DO!


The M2M Story

Mountain2Mountain was founded in November 2006 by Shannon Galpin. Inspired by becoming a mother, Shannon took action on her deep conviction that all women and girls deserve the same rights and opportunities as her own daughter.

Mountain2Mountain doesn’t just build brick and mortar structures without supporting their long-term viability. We don’t train women and girls only to leave them where they started with a few new skills. We seek sustainable progress on human rights, gender equity and the economic vitality of communities on the fringe. M2M Mission


BeadforLife eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads. Women in Northern Uganda gather shea nuts and press them into shea butter for cosmetics and soaps. And people who care open their hearts,homes and communities to buy and sell both products.

The beads and shea butter become income, food, medicine, school fees and hope. It is a small miracle that enriches us all. We have these beads for sale in Hawaii thru December 2010 if you are interested please write

AccesSurf empowers people with disabilities by providing adaptive surfing instruction and therapeutic educational programs on water recreation and enriches lives by assisting families to access the beach and ocean in a barrier free environment.





Surfers Healing is operated on a shoe string budget. Sometimes when we are low on gear our volunteers buy their own special boards for the camp to make the day that much more enjoyable for the kids. (Our volunteers are the greatest!)

Surfers Healing provides a remarkable day to kids that are in a difficult position. Please join us by making a donation through our secure server. We are a public, nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status.



Every year since 2008 we have put on summer ocean and surf camps for girls in our community. We offer scholarships to local disadvantaged girls  and Ocean Girl camps are run primarily by volunteers using donated surf equipment.  We are truly grateful for outpouring of support, love of our community and want to acknowledge the generous gift of our awesome volunteers, we could not offer any of this in Hawaii without you,  MAHALO!


We did it, everyone caught waves!!

We did it, everyone caught waves!!

Ocean Girl Projectis a community gift and effort, we are grateful for all of the wonderful support. Mahalo!!

Safe and healthy holidays to all!


HIC Pro at Sunset starts Monday surf permitting. Official qualifier for Big Vans Triple Crown!

HIC Pro 

Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
27 October – 10 November

Hawaii’s pro surfers get their chance on the world stage

Surf News Network, 21 October, 2014: With the penultimate event of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour wrapping up  in Portugal, Hawaii  became the focus of the surfing world. The ASP men’s and women’s world titles will soon be decided here, but before then two totally different battles will heat up, starting next week at Sunset Beach with the HIC PRO, the Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

The final hunt for critical ASP World Qualifying Series ratings points will aid aspiring hopefuls in their bid to qualify for the World Championship Tour. The opportunity for Hawaii’s pro surfers to secure a slot that in the VTCS and prove themselves on the world stage.

The HIC Pro – October 27 through November 10 – is a 4-star rated event that features a field of 112 surfers and offers a total prize purse of $85,000. More than 50 per cent of the field is comprised of Hawaii surfers (58), as well as athletes from Australia (16), USA Mainland (24), Japan (6), Tahiti (2), France (1) and South America (1), plus 4 wild cards.

The HIC Pro is also an important time for surfers to fine-tune equipment and performances ahead of the famed Hawaiian winter surf season. North Shore’s own Fred Patacchia is the #1 seed for the event, returning home from Portugal in time to begin his winter campaign.

Beyond Patacchia, look for a truly inspired young field of aspirants who are climbing the ranks with an eye on becoming part of Hawaii’s “new order” of professionals. Among them: Kaito Kino (20); Kaulana Apo (16); Kalani David (16); and Kaimana Jaquias (21). Of course, Sunset wouldn’t be Sunset without a handful of seasoned competitors. Among them look for Joel Centeio (31); Evan Valiere (30); Jamie O’Brien (31); Fred Patacchia (32); and Pancho Sullivan (41).

An ASP 4star $85,000 Event 

Live webcast 

HONOLULU – (October 21, 2014) – With the penultimate event of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour wrapping up yesterday in Portugal, Hawaii now becomes the focus of the surfing world. The ASP men’s and women’s world titles will soon be decided here, but before then two totally different battles will heat up, starting next week at Sunset Beach with the HIC PRO, the Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing:

  • The final hunt for critical ASP World Qualifying Series ratings points will aid aspiring hopefuls in their bid to qualify for the World Championship Tour.
  • The opportunity for Hawaii’s pro surfers to secure a slot that in the VTCS and prove themselves on the world stage.

The North Shore of Oahu has enjoyed a series of exciting early ‘winter’ swells in recent weeks, which bodes well for the HIC Pro! Photo credit: La Serena Media

About HIC – Hawaiian Island Creations: Hawaii’s biggest and best selection of surf gear – since 1971 HIC has provided Hawaii with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories – by surfers, for surfers. Locally owned and operated, the HIC retail chain includes thirteen stores across Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, plus two in Japan. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit, the brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world. Enjoy the ride! Official HIC PRO event gear: Available at

About Vans:

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand.  Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 415 stores of the Vans brand in the United States and internationally, each offering a range of Vans footwear and apparel while communicating the brand’s rich heritage. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of musicians, artists and athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and surfing’s most prestigious contest, the Vans US Open of Surfing.

Vans, “Off the Wall” Since ’66

Ocean Girl Project Camp Surf Ninjas

Ocean Girl Project: Part 2 Summer Surf Camp Days 3 & 4


Our morning lovingly begins on day four with yoga , we learned ocean breathing! Yoga for Ocean Girls! These surfer girls are loving yoga mornings!  Thanks Sarah for teaching us so many awesome ways to be fit and ways to help our surfing! #oceangirlproject


Anne and Luna did an awesome presentation with us at camp and taught us the Hawaiian names of places and how we can care for our island!!!

We did a Hawaiian oli.  We learned and played the name game totally fun !!! We learned about ahupua’a!! The ancient ahupua`a, the basic self-sustaining unit, extended elements of Hawaiian spirituality into the natural landscape. Amidst a belief system that emphasized the interrelationship of elements and beings, the ahupua`a contained those interrelationships in the activities of daily and seasonal life.

WE SANG!!! We learned an awesome Hawaiian song about Diamond Head and Surfing: Kaimana Hila

Camp was awesome, new friends, good surf, art, music and love!!! Mahalo to all the volunteers, parents, supporters and all the girls, you are truly magical ninja surf warriors and a force for GOOD!!

Talk Story w/ ELIA HERMAN |Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Talk Story w/ ELIA HERMAN April 30 @ 8:00 pm

When: April 30th 8pm Doors open at 6pm

Where: Surfer, The Bar

Cover: $5 Donation to the Hawaii Conservation Alliance Foundation

Elia Herman manages the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary for the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and heads DLNR’s marine protected species program, providing leadership and direction on a range of marine resource management issues. Born and raised in Honolulu, Elia studied humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins locally before gaining national experience on marine conservation issues at National Geographic, as a Legislative Fellow to U.S. Representative Lois Capps, and as manager of the Global Conservation Initiative at Pew Charitable Trusts. Elia earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and master’s degree in coastal environmental management from Duke University.



Date: April 30, 2014

Time: 8:00 pm

Venue: Turtle Bay Resort

Phone: 808-293-6000

57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731 United States

Organizer- Turtle Bay Resort

Phone: 808-293-6000

via | Talk Story w/ ELIA HERMAN | Discover Oahu’s North Shore – Surfing, snorkeling, hiking and much more.


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