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[PROFILE] Duke Kahanamoku has stamp in his honor

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    http://www.usps.com/news/2002/philatelic/sr02_048.htm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2002 Stamp Release #02-048 Father Of International Surfing To Be Honored
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31, 2002

      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.

      # # #


      Issue: Duke Kahanamoku
      Item Number: 453400
      Denomination & Type of Issue: 37-cent Commemorative Semi Jumbo
      Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
      Series: N/A
      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


      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:
      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.
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