Former home of legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku for sale
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - From the moment you step in the door you're captivated. With a bird's eye view of the break, it's obvious what drew the father of surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, to this property well over a half century ago.
The history of this four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath luxury home dates back to 1937. Although it's been updated, it was important to the current owner that spirit of the famed surfer not be lost.
"He wanted to respect what was here," said Beth Chang, Vice President of Coldwell Banker Properties.
Before Gordon Thompson did any construction, the executive vice president of Nike had a Hawaiian minister come in and bless the lot.
"The minister said do not take any of the rocks away from the property and they didn't. Every single rock is still here in the walls," said Chang.
The original foundation of the home is still intact along with Duke's and his wife Nadine's hand prints fixed in stone near the infinity pool in the backyard. A tree in the oceanside garden was given to Kahanamoku by the former emperor of Japan.
"These are black lacquered floors that were here when Duke had the house. Your staircase that you have here and the wall are all part of the original house," said Chang.
Among the home's many features are a spacious lanai, an open concept kitchen with a bar, dining room and three guest suites. The master features a sitting room, soaking tub, and outdoor shower.
The home can be yours for an asking price of $8,875,000.
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