Dukes OceanFest, held each summer in Waikiki, will take place this Saturday, August 18th. Now in its 11th year, the OceanFest honors Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who is remembered as the greatest waterman who ever lived, and Hawaii’s ambassador of Aloha. The 8-day event features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart including Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Beach Volleyball, and Stand-Up Paddling.
The festival celebrates Duke Kahanamoku’s life, his athletic contributions, and his positive spirit that still lives on. Among his many accomplishments, Duke Kahanamoku was an Olympic gold medal swimmer, a surfer, an esteemed canoe steersman, a Hollywood actor, and the Sheriff of Honolulu.
Duke’s OceanFest is also a fundraiser for scholarships for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation which supports local scholar athletes.
The festivities commence on August 18 with a lei draping and ceremony at Duke’s statue that is open to the public. Duke’s birthday celebration is on August 24th, which is one of the week’s best highlights. Other events also include the KINE Luau and Waterman’s Awards. The ocean sports events include several surfing events, including a Keiki Surf Competition, a Wahine Longboard Competion, a Kane Longboard Competition, and tandem events. There are also volleyball and soccer championships, and a challenging run-swim-paddle race.
For the entire event calendar, go to http://www.dukesoceanfest.com/events/range.listevents/