It’s called the Duke’s Oceanfest. Nine days of ocean-related fun, raising money for the Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.
The idea is to honor the memory of a Hawaiian legend Duke Paoa Kahanamoku.
“It’s just really a great thing. Nine days of beach and water and ocean. And I think that was all stuff that Duke was very much involved with,” artist Wade Koniakowsky said.
Kahanamoku loved the ocean and he would have loved this — an event bringing people from all walks of life to Waikiki.
On Thursday, a surf contest was held — something Kahanamoku knew a lot about.
“And Duke was one of the guys, because he grew up here in Waikiki. It was like second nature to him. He was able to evolve the sport to the extent where we were able to take it from there,” surf legend Jock Sutherland said.
Sutherland should know. He knew Kahanamoku first hand and has some remarkable memories.
“To actually meet the Duke and do a couple of things. Like Kimo McVay got him a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, and we young guys got to ride around a little bit. Can you imagine? Like, ‘Whoa we’re with the Duke,’” Sutherland said.
KHON2 fielded a surf team to compete. Kanoe Gibson wore green, Brianne Randle in blue, producer Lance Kuraoka in white, and Jai Cunningham in yellow. They also got to surf with legend Allen Wicklund.
How did team KHON2 do?
“Pretty good. Jai is the man,” Kuraoka said.
“I still think the girls. We ruled,” Randle said.
“I agree with her,” Cunningham said.
“As do I . Yeah!” Gibson said.
Smiles all around and mission accomplished.