Original oil painting of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (1890-1968) when he was between age 30 and 40. Portrait is believed to be of him around 1928 when he was Sheriff of Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii. See photo of him with brothers Sam and Dave where he is wearing the same kind of coat and tie as in painting. See also known dated photo of him, Sam and Dave for 1924 Olympic Games.
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Signed in oil "Salmon" at side of Duke Kahanamoku's left shoulder. Signature is confirmed to be that of artist Fred E. Salmon Jr. and title of portrait is "Duke" per past listing on Cedar Street Gallery website. Painted on 16" X 20" masonite board. Wood frame dimension is 20" X 24".
Undated but listing on Cedar Street Gallery website says copyright date is 2004 and was described as "sold":
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku is recognized as the greatest waterman and athlete in the history of Hawaii. He won three gold medals and two silver medals in swimming in three Olympic games. He was featured in more than 30 Hollywood movies. He gained national acclaim for single handedly rescuing 8 men from the capsized yacht, Thelma, in stormy seas off of Newport Beach in 1925. He was the Sheriff of Honolulu during the Territory of Hawaii period, for 13 terms. He is recognized worldwide as the Father of Modern Surfing. He was appointed "The Ambassador of Aloha" by Governor John Burns in 1960. He was the most recognized and iconic person of Hawaiian descent and from Hawaii in the early 20th century. It is said that when the world saw Duke; they saw Hawaii and spirit of Aloha.