A nine day celebration of competitions and special events takes place next week in Waikīkī during the 14th Duke’s OceanFest – an annual event that honors the legendary Hawai‘i waterman and ambassador of aloha, Duke Kahanamokuu
Duke’s OceanFest is Waikīkī’s premier ocean sports festival and it has grown over the years. This year, the event will host 27 ocean and beach competitions and special events over the nine-day period, with most taking place in front of the majestic statue honoring Duke and his place in history at Queen’s Surf on Waikīkī Beach.
A highlight of Duke’s OceanFest is the appearance of Olympic champion Misty May-Treanor. The three-time gold medalist in beach volleyball in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics will compete in the Outrigger Resorts Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Pro/Am on August 25.
Duke’s OceanFest coincides with the 125th anniversary of Duke’s birthday (August 24, 1890), and features a thrilling menu of competitions and events that residents and visitors can enjoy, in many cases, as participants. The events include surfing competitions for teens, amateurs, pros, tandems and the physically challenged; wounded warrior canoe regatta; stand-up paddling; one-mile ocean swim; lifeguard waterman challenge; surfboard waterpolo; paddle boarding; beach volleyball; movies and music on Waikīkī Beach; a lū‘au; and a special lei draping of Duke Kahanamoku’s statue. (See the listing of events and times below.)
Please visit www.dukesoceanfest.com for event updates, entry forms and special offers by Duke’s OceanFest travel partners.
In addition, Bishop Museum is honoring the life and accomplishments of Duke Kahanamoku with a special exhibit that is being displayed from August 9 through November 30. The museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except Tuesdays when it is closed.
Renowned as Hawai‘i’s greatest athlete, Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968) won six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming and is recognized as the “Father of International Surfing.” Kahanamoku was the world’s fastest swimmer in his prime, the single-most influential person in popularizing surfing worldwide, a champion paddler and steersman, and was revered as Hawai‘i’s “Ambassador of Aloha.”
Duke’s OceanFest Events Schedule – August 22-30
Unless noted otherwise, the competitions and events are taking place at Queen’s Surf, Waikīkī, near the Duke’s OceanFest surf stand and exhibit booths fronting Duke Kahanamoku’s statue. The schedule is subject to change. Please visit www.dukesoceanfest.com for updated information.