This drink is not as old as many believe, but as the name suggest it certainly was named after a Hawaiian surfer. Here is an early printing supporting this claim:
Birnbaum’s Hawaii 1995 by Alexandra Mayes Birnbaum in 1994
“DUKE KAHANAMOKU STATUE Duke Kahanamoku, the Olympic gold medalist swimmer and Hawaiian surfer, was honored on the 100th anniversary of his birth with a beachfront statue in the Kuhio”
The drink itself does not appear until a few years later as seen in these publications:
Complete Home Bartender’s Guide: 780 Recipes for the Perfect Drink – Page 124 by Salvatore Calabrese in 2002
The Bartender’s Best Friend: A Complete Guide to Cocktails, … – Page 369 by Mardee Haidin Regan in 2002
There are no other significant surfers that could have possibly hurled this drink into modern drinking culture and the timeframe that this drink is created fits ideally. The hawaiian in the name not only suggest this drink contains pineapple juice, but that it originates in Hawaii.
There are not many conflicts of recipes regarding this drink and all early literature suggest this drink is a combination of two very popular calls, the Malibu and Pineapple and the Amaretto Sour. Admittingly, it does not appear much thought was put into the creation of the drink, but nevertheless, it is still a wonderful cocktail and deserves mention.
This drink dates between 1994 – 1995 and contained at least as of then:
Shake these ingredients:
Fresh Lemon Juice
Strain into a highball or collins glass filled with fresh ice