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Hawaii 100 Duke Kahanamoku Corporation Dollars (1960-70s)

Item Code: HI-4DKC

Front: Galloping horse; Earth globe; Steam passenger train; Steam sailing ship; Cow. Back: The coat of arms of the Kingdom of
Hawaii. Printer: Duke Kahanamoku Corporation. Original Printer: American Bank Note Company, New York. Signatures: Kimo
Wilder McVay ("Registrar of Public Accts"); J. Judd Kamani ("Minister of Finance"). Remark: These banknotes are a private,
non-negotiable issue, a novelty, bearing running embossed serial numbers, issued by D.K.C. somewhere around 1960s or 1970s.
 

 
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Dimensions: 196 x 90 mm
 

Texts: Certificate of Deposit; Department of Finace; Hawaiian Islands; This certifies that there have been deposited at the Hawaiian
Treasury One Hundred Dollars in Silver Coin payable to the bearer on demand; Akahi Haneri; DKC; Duke Kahanamoku Corp.,
Hawaiian Kala; "Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono".

Born on the 24th of August 1890 in Honolulu,
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku ("Duke" was his name, not a title), Olympic gold medal swimmer
and “father of international surfing”. Kahanamoku won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle at the 1912 Olympics and at the 1920 Olympics.
In total, he won five medals in four Olympics. Credited with inventing the flutter kick, he enjoyed a long career, not retiring from competition until
age 42. Kahanamoku was also Hawaii’s ambassador of surfing, popularizing the sport around the world. In 1917, on a 16-foot, 114-pound board,
he rode a wave off Waikiki for 1.75 miles. The “Duke” acted in movies and served as sheriff of Honolulu, running alternately on Republican and
Democratic tickets. Died at Honolulu, Jan 22, 1968. Hawaii has honored him with a statue on Waikiki Beach, on which fans place leis.

Hawaii music promoter Kimo Wilder McVay (probably the one who signed as "Registrar of Public Accts") capitalized on Duke's
(Kahanamoku) popularity by naming his Waikiki showroom Duke Kahanamoku's, and giving Duke a piece of the financial action in exchange
for the use of his name. Duke's was a major Waikiki showroom in the 1960s and is best remembered as the home of Don Ho & The Aliis from
1964 through 1969. These bills were probably made up in 1960s by Kimo Wilder McVay to make money from Duke Kahanamoku's name.

 
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