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
Certificate of Deposit; Department of Finace; Hawaiian
Islands; This certifies that there have been deposited at
Treasury One Hundred Dollars in Silver Coin payable to
the bearer on demand; Akahi Haneri; © DKC; © Duke
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 Hawaiis 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
(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
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