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www.sunjournal.com: With Carissa Moore’s gold medal, Native Hawaiians ‘reclaim’ surfing

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Her mother — crowned the Honolulu Lei Queen in 2016 — had given her the flower hair clip before she left for Tokyo to remind the only Native Hawaiian Olympic surfer of where she came from.

The methodical Moore found her rhythm with the ocean to deliver the kind of standout, power-surfing performance that has defined her career.

“It’s a reclaiming of that sport for our native community,” said Kūhiō Lewis, president of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, which convenes the largest annual gathering of Native Hawaiians.

Her mother is ethnically Native Hawaiian and Filipino and was adopted and raised in a Chinese-American family.

It was at the 1912 Summer Games in Stockholm that he first pushed the International Olympic Committee to include surfing, though it was virtually unknown outside of his native Hawaii back then.

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