A Perfect Day To Remember Duke Paoa Kahanamoku: August 24, 2010 – His 120th Birthday
HONOLULU – If you’ve ridden your fair share of waves, then you know Duke Kahanamoku’s story: a full-blooded Hawaiian born on August 24, 1890, and raised in Waikiki, with a natural affinity for the ocean. Olympic gold medal swimmer, accomplished bodysurfer, board rider, diver, sailor and outrigger canoe paddler. The father of modern day surfing and a Hawaiian legend whose spirit endures all waves and time.
Duke’s legacy still burns brightly today as one of Hawaii’s greatest ambassadors and one of the purest examples of a true waterman in history. Times have changed, but the magic of Duke and what he created for Hawaii and for surfing is still very much alive.
His contributions were remarkable. He traversed the globe and surfed distant shores 100 years ago; made his own surfboards and set world swimming records. But it was the respect he earned and the many nations he touched with a personally delivered message of aloha that is his most enduring legacy.
In Hawaii, August 24 each year signals the start of the annual Duke’s OceanFest. This year it begins with a traditional Hawaiian blessing and sunrise ceremony at Duke’s Statue, fronting Queen’s Surf in Waikiki, at 7am, and ends on Saturday, August 28, at the same place at 4:45pm with the draping of 570 feet of flower lei. In between, from Wednesday through Saturday, you will find close to 900 ocean athletes celebrating in surfing, surf polo, ocean swimming, stand-up paddling, paddleboarding, beach volleyball, and legends events.
E komo mai!
Please join us! If you’re in Hawaii, come celebrate with us at Kuhio Beach, Waikiki, or watch the events on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channels 250 & 1250.
If you can’t make it to Hawaii in person, please join our live global webcast from Wednesday morning through Saturday afternoon: dukefoundation.org.
Make your mark for future generations:
There are many wonderful ways you can make your mark on generations to come: The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) is committed to the perpetuation of Duke’s legacy and its positive role in the lives of future generations. This year’s commemorative Duke’s OceanFest t-shirt, original one-of-a-kind Duke Kahanamoku longboard auction by Maui Longboards (shown below), and Hawaiian 105 KINE Luau will raise funds for the ODKF’s college scholarships and athletic grants.
Duke Kahanamoku’s Creed of Aloha
In Hawai’i we greet friends, loved ones and strangers with Aloha, which means with love. Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawai’i renowned as the world’s center of understanding and fellowship. Try meeting or leaving people with Aloha. You’ll be suprised by their reaction. I believe it and it is my creed.
Aloha to you.
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku