The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is the first time Surfing has been introduced as an Olympic Sport and it's only right that the only native Hawaiian surfer at the Games has won the Womens Gold medal.
Ho'omaika'i to 28 year old Native Hawaiian Carissa Moore who won Gold at the first-ever women’s surfing event at the Olympics in Tokyo!
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported:
“There was a dreamlike quality to the scene and Moore’s near-flawless surfing, which drew beauty out of chaos the way an artist does.
The announcers spoke of how she and every competitor at Tsurigasaki Beach were living the dream expressed by the great Hawaiian waterman and Olympic gold-medal swimmer Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, of seeing surfing become an Olympic sport.
One could imagine how he would feel to see a fellow surfer of Native Hawaiian ancestry win a gold medal in the inaugural Olympic heʻenalu event.”
Carissa who chooses to compete under the State of Hawaii flag in World Surf League competitions, had to compete under the USA flag for the Olympics.
There were a group of Native Hawaiians who also requested of the IOC, the International Olympic Committee, for a Hawaiian national surfing team but the request wasn't heard.