HONOLULU – (June 27, 2011) — The 10th annual Duke’s OceanFest will be held at Waikiki, at the foot of Duke Kahanamoku’s statue, from Wednesday, August 24, through Sunday, August 28.
Duke’s OceanFest features a variety of individual ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart: Longboard Surfing – Paddleboard Racing – Swimming – Tandem Surfing – Surf Polo – Beach Volleyball – Stand-Up Paddling.
The festivities commence on Duke’s birthday, August 24, with a lei draping parade and ceremony at 5pm at Duke’s statue that is free and open to the public. The ocean sports begin on Thursday, August 25, running through Sunday, August 28, from 8am to 4pm daily.
Duke’s OceanFest is held each summer in Waikiki in honor of Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who is fondly remembered today as an exemplary human being and the greatest waterman who ever lived. Among his many accomplishments, 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 a fundraiser for scholarships for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. For updated event information, or to purchase tickets to the KINE Saturday luau at the Waikiki Aquarium, please visit: dukefoundation.org