Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku
By Ellie Crowe
Illustrated by Richard Waldrep
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Growing up in Honolulu with the Pacific Ocean as his backyard, Duke Kahanamoku learned to swim and surf at a young age. By his early twenties, Duke's lightning-fast swimming won him a place on the 1912 United States Olympic team and a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle race. Over the years Duke struggled with racism and financial troubles, but by the end of his twenty-year Olympic career, he was a six-time medal winner.
Although a swimming champion, Duke's passion was surfing. He traveled the world, introducing surfboarding to Australia and the east and west coasts of the United States. Considered the father of modern surfing, Duke spread his love of the ocean and Hawai’i wherever he went.
Throughout his life Duke Kahanamoku was beloved for his modesty, sportsmanship, and amazing skill in the water. Today he remains a legendary waterman and an inspiration to all to live life with aloha.
aloha: love, kindness, grace, affection, compassion; also traditional Hawaiian greeting or farewell
For further exploration of themes and connections, pair these field trip and activity ideas with Surfer of the Century.
About the Creators
ELLIE CROWE has written several award-winning children's books, as well as travel/cultural books on Hawai'i. Her titles have been recognized with the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and on the Texas Bluebonnet Master List. Crowe first heard of Duke Kahanamoku while living in Australia. When she moved to Hawai'i, she found Duke was a hero there too. She lives in Honolulu with her family. You can visit her online at elliecrowe.com.
RICHARD WALDREP's paintings honoring subjects as varied as the Olympic Games, American music, and history have appeared on thirty-nine US postage stamps. He has also created award-winning illustrations for editorial, publishing, advertising, and corporate clients including Men's Health, U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post, and Parker Brothers. He lives in Sparks, Maryland.
About This Title
Six Pack: 9781620140833
Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist
Texas Library Association (TLA)
School Library Journal
Carter G. Woodson Award
National Council for the Social Studies
Distinguished Children's Biography List
Cleveland Public Library
The Bloomsbury Review
Kiriyama Prize, Notable Children's Books
Pacific Rim Voices
Texas Woman's University
Once Upon a World Children's Book Award
The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance Library and Archives
Interest Level:Grades 2 - 8
Reading Level:Grades 3 - 4
Nonfiction, Middle Grade, United States History, Sports, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Responsibility, Overcoming Obstacles, Mentors, History, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Biography/Memoir, Asian/Asian American Interest, Poverty, Sports History, Leadership, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation, Pride
Part of These Collections
Asian American English Collection Middle School, Asian American English Collection High School, Biography and Memoir Middle School, Diverse Background English Collection Middle School, English Guided Reading Level T, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, Biography and Memoir Grades 3-6, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, Nonfiction Grades 3-6, Asian Pacific American Heritage Collection , Athletes and Sports, High-Low Books for Preteens (Grades 4-6), High-Low Books for Teens (Middle and High School), Summer Olympics Collection, Appendix B Diverse Collection Middle School, Carter G. Woodson Award Collection, Persistence and Determination Collection, Pedro Noguera Diverse Collection Grades 6-8, Pedro Noguera Reluctant Readers Collection , Social Activism Collection, Social Activism Collection Grades 6-8