The Kahanamoku Brothers
(L to R) Bill, Sam, Louis, David, Sargent,Duke
They had 3 sisters: Bernice, Kapiolani and Maria. Sam was a gifted swimmer, surfer and canoeman, winning the bronze medal in the 1924 Olympics in 100 meter freestyle. Also a gifted singer, his rich, baritone voice could be heard on Sunday evenings when The Beach Boys gathered on the old Moana Pier. He later became the caretaker of “Shangri-la” and lover of Doris Duke. David was also on the 1924 Olympic swimming team and later became a farmer on Maui. I’m 1961 at age 67 he rescued scores of swimmers caught in an undertow in big surf at Jones Beach in NY. Louis was a talented paddler, water polo player and canoe coach, who, along with Sargent andSam invented surfboard polo which was popular in Waikiki in the ‘20s and ‘30s. Bill was nicknamed “Tarball” and known as a beach comedian. Sargent was the official greeter for Standard Oil Company and was also a powerful swimmer, clocked at 60 seconds in the 100 meter freestyle. Their father, Duke Halapu Kahanamoku was a policeman. His birth coincided with a visit to the Islands by the Duke of Edinburgh, hence his name. Their mother was the former Julia Paoa, from Kalia, at the site of the current Hilton Hawaiian Village.