Event honoring legendary Duke Kahanamoku underway in Waikiki


The Duke’s OceanFest is a huge event honoring the legendary Duke Paoa Kahanamoku.

The annual 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 of course, his spirit that still lives on. The festival also includes a number of surfing events, including a Keiki Surf Competition, a Wahine Longboard Competion, a Kane Longboard Competition, and tandem events. There are also opportunities for the endurance athletes interested in swim, paddle, and run events.

The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation is responsible for the continuing success of the OceanFest events. O.D.K.F. is a progressive, proactive organization whose board members are dedicated to serving Hawaii’s water sports community. The mission of the foundation is to support the development of individuals and organizations which perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku.

In marking Duke’s 126th birthday, the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation is honoring his legacy by raising support for the youth of Hawaii.

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