The Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex (DKAC) serves as the home for the University of Hawai‘i’s swimming and diving, women’s water polo, and UH Masters swimming teams. The facility, located on the University’s lower campus, includes a 50-meter training pool and a separate 25-yard competition and diving pool. The long course pool is four feet at both ends, seven feet in the middle, and an average depth of six feet.
The pool stands as a namesake to Hawai‘i’s most legendary swimmer and surfer, Duke Kahanamoku. “The Duke” was the first famous Waikiki beach boy. His passion for water sports included surfing, swimming and canoeing, taking him to the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. Kahanamoku shocked the world when he broke the 100-yard freestyle event and received his gold medal by an impressed Swede King Gustaf.
At age 34, Duke brought home a silver medal in the 100-meter at the 1924 Olympiad in Paris. He attended the Olympics again in 1932 at the age of 42 with the U.S. water polo team. His death on Jan. 22, 1968, left Hawai‘i missing a hero.