August 20, 2001
POLICE SUBSTATION RENAMED FOR SURFER
The Honolulu Police Department’s Waikiki Police Substation facility will be officially named the “Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Building” in a ceremony to be held August 24, Mayor Jeremy Harris announced today.
A resolution to name the substation was introduced by Council member Duke Bainum.
Kahanamoku won gold medals in swimming at the 1912 and 1920 Olympic Games and also won medals the 1924 and 1928 games. He is considered the father of modern surfing.
He served as the City and County of Honolulu Sheriff from 1934 to 1960 and State Ambassador At-Large and City Official Greeter from 1960 to 1968.