[PROFILE] Duke Kahanamoku has stamp in his honor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2002
Stamp Release #02-048
Father Of International Surfing To Be Honored
On New Postage Stamp
WASHINGTON - "Aloha," the Hawaiian greeting of love, will be riding
the wave of letters and packages handled daily by the U.S. Postal
Service when a new commemorative stamp is issued Aug. 24 in honor of
Duke Kahanamoku, the legendary swimmer and Olympian who is best known
as the father of international surfing.
The dedication of the 37-cent Duke Kahanamoku stamp will be the
centerpiece of a daylong public festival featuring water sports
activities and a luau held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach
Resort & Spa, 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii. The first day of
issue ceremony for the stamp begins at 1:30 p.m. and will take place
on the beachside of the resort on Duke Kahanamoku Beach.
The ceremony starts with the arrival of the Bishop Museum's
vessel "Hawaii Loa," sailed by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, which
will bring the first day ceremony delegation into Kalia Bay.
Participants are expected to include Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Robert
Rider, chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors, and
representatives from the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation and the
Kahanamoku family. The Bishop Museum is Hawaii's museum of cultural
and natural history.
"The Duke Kahanamoku stamp reminds us of the lasting, positive
influence a talented individual and relatively unknown hero can have
on our culture," said Rider.
"That is one of the wonderful benefits of our nation's commemorative
stamp program. When this stamp appears on letters and packages
arriving at households and businesses throughout the country and
across the Pacific, Duke's story of ingenuity and dedication can be
told again and again," he said.
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was born Aug. 24, 1890, in Honolulu. As a
swimmer, he first caught the attention of the public in 1911 when he
broke the record for the 100-yard freestyle during an Amateur
Athletic Union swim meet in Honolulu. Such an impressive performance
by an unknown swimmer prompted speculation that he must have
benefited from favorable currents in Honolulu Harbor, and the record
was not accepted. Nonetheless, Kahanamoku subsequently proved his
amazing swimming prowess, especially in several international
competitions from 1912 to 1932.
As a swimmer on the U.S. team during the 1912 Olympic Games in
Stockholm, Sweden, Kahanamoku won a gold medal for the 100-meter
freestyle with a time of 1:03.4 and a silver medal for the 800-meter
relay. He also won medals in the 1920, 1924 and 1932 Olympic Games.
Kahanamoku was particularly well known as a surfer. He is credited
with popularizing the Polynesian sport by surfing throughout the
world, especially on visits to the U.S. in 1912 and Australia from
late 1914 to early 1915. In 1994 his name was placed on the Surfing
Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, Calif. In October 1999 Surfer
magazine named him "Surfer of the Century" and his picture appeared
on the cover of that month's issue.
For most of his career, Kahanamoku was generally seen as Hawaii's
unofficial goodwill ambassador to the rest of the world. He was an
international celebrity and appeared in several Hollywood films. In
1934 he was elected sheriff of the city and county of Honolulu and
was subsequently reelected until the position itself was discontinued
in 1960. Thereafter, from 1961 until his death on Jan. 22, 1968,
Kahanamoku served as Honolulu's official greeter.
Kahanamoku's life gave rise to a number of fascinating stories and
legends. In 1913 a California newspaper, the Long Beach Press,
reported that he had wrestled a giant eel to death and lost the index
finger on his right hand in the process. (However, photos of
Kahanamoku taken throughout his life clearly show ten intact
fingers.) In 1925, Kahanamoku became a true hero: When he saw a boat
capsize off the coast of California, he bravely leapt into the ocean
with his surfboard and saved the lives of eight people. Other stories
about Kahanamoku attest to his surfing prowess: He is said to have
ridden a tremendous wave more than a mile while surfing at Waikiki in
1929 or 1930, possibly one of the longest rides in surfing history.
Among his many honors, Kahanamoku was inducted into the International
Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1965, and was
posthumously inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984.
Various centers, foundations and competitions have been named for
him, including the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation, the Duke
Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex at the University of Hawaii and the Duke
Kahanamoku Long Distance Canoe Race.
The portrait of Kahanamoku in the stamp art, an oil painting by
Michael J. Deas of New Orleans, La., is based on a 1918 photograph
from the collection of the Bishop Museum. Behind Kahanamoku two
surfers are depicted riding a wave at Waikiki Beach; Diamond Head is
visible in the background. Carl Herrman, of Carlsbad, Calif., was the
art director for the stamp.
To see the Duke Kahanamoku stamp, visit www.usps.com and locate the
online version of this press release by clicking on "News and Events"
then "Philatelic News."
Current U.S. stamps, as well as a free comprehensive catalog, are
available toll free by calling 1 800 STAMP-24. In addition, a
selection of stamps and other philatelic items are available in the
Postal Store at www.usps.com.
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Issue: Duke Kahanamoku
Item Number: 453400
Denomination & Type of Issue: 37-cent Commemorative Semi Jumbo
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Issue Date & City: August 24, 2002, Honolulu, HI 96820
Designer: Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA
Engraver: Southern Graphics System, Inc.
Art Director: Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA
Illustrator: Michael J. Deas, New Orleans, LA
Modeler: Avery Dennison, Security Printing Division
Manufacturing Process: Gravure
Printer: Avery Dennison (AVR)
Printed at: AVR, Clinton, SC
Press Type: Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 62.8 million stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored, Type III
Gum Type: Pressure Sensitive
Processed at: AVR, Clinton, SC
Colors: Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 1.075 x 1.410 in./27.305 x 35.814 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.225 x 1.560 in./31.115 x 39.624 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 6.25 x 7.25 in./158.75 x 184.15 mm
Plate Size: 200 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "V" followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings: " © 2001 USPS" " Price " Plate position diagram
Plate numbers in all four corners" 2 barcodes
Catalog Item Number(s): 453440 Pane of 20 w/plate no. - $7.40
453430 Block of 10 - $3.70
453420 Block of 4 - $1.48
453461 First Day Cover - $0.75
453493 Pane of 20 & First Day Cover - $8.15
HOW TO ORDER THE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE POSTMARK
Customers have 30 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by
mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, by
telephone at 1 800 STAMP-24, and at the Postal Store at www.usps.com.
They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address
the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger
envelope addressed to:
DUKE KAHANAMOKU COMMEMORATIVE STAMP
3600 AOLELE ST
HONOLULU HI 96820-9991
After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service
will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for
the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by Sept. 23, 2002.