Kona, Big Island, 1985
Number one, we all wanted to learn to swim. Number two, we wanted to learn to surf.
Warren Nishimoto spoke with Louis Kahanamoku in 1985, for Volume 1 of the Oral History Project, produced by the Social Science Research Institute, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This transcript of their conversation has been edited and shortened.
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Louis Ko’oliko Kahanamoku, the eighth of nine children born to Julia Pa’akonia Kahanamoku and Duke Kahanamoku Sr, was born April 11, 1908, in Waikiki, Oahu. The Kahanamoku home was located on Ala Moana Boulevard (then called “Beach R...