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Duke Kahanamoku is widely recognized as the father of modern surfing. He is the ultimate beach boy and, for many, the “Big Kahuna” is the most influential surfer of all time.

Not only he boosted surfing in his Hawaiian Islands, but he was also one of the first to promote wave riding in Australia and California.

Kahanamoku was a good man; a humble Hawaiian citizen proud of his origins, and always prompt to promote his homeland as a unique tourist destination. He is commonly referred as Hawaii’s favorite Ambassador of Aloha  …  More

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Muhammad Ali, the brash, fleet-footed heavyweight boxing champion whose charisma transcended sports and made him a global symbol of social change, has died, according to a statement released by his family. He was 74.

Ali was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, the Associated Press reported. He suffered from  …  More

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One of the pioneers of modern surfing, Albert “Rabbit” Kekai, died today at Leahi Hospital, according to Hawaii News Now. He was 95 years old.

In the ’30s and ’40s, Kekai was considered one of the best high performance surfers. The Hawaiian surfer learned from the famous Duke Kahanamoku, who is widely credited with popularizing the sport of surfing in the ’30s and ’40s.

Kekai won the Makaha International in 1955, which at the time was considered the unofficial world championships   …  More


Starting in the 1920s surfers mesmerized the crowds at Waikiki with their skills. Soon, these “beach boys” were giving lessons to visiting mainlanders. The most famous beach boy, Duke Kahanamoku, was medal winning Olympic swimmer. Back home, he mentored a crew of Beach Boys, who helped to spread the word about surfing. We talked to one of his last Beach Boys — Rabbit Kekai. Hes 85, but he’s at the beach every day by 9:00 AM, still doing what he loves, teaching people to surf and how to have fun in the water.

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For more than two decades, Jay Leno drove a different car to work. That job, hosting NBC’s venerable “Tonight Show” in Burbank not far from his expansive Big Dog Garage, paid him more than enough to keep him in exotic sheetmetal. But where for many celebrities collecting cars is a mere scorecard of showbiz success, for Leno—whose pre-fame gigs included wrenching at a Boston-area garage—it’s the grounding end to his famous means.

“Look, I love this,” says Leno, 65, sitting at a messy desk inside one of three airplane hangars that house his dazzling assortment of some 140 cars and nearly 120 motorcycles  …  More

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