Nine Days of Celebration Honoring the “Duke” of Hawaii…..
The end of August, from the 22nd to the 30th, marks the annual Oceanfest in memory of one of Hawaii’s native sons, renowned athlete and Olympic gold medalist Duke Paoa Kahanmoku. A legendary waterman, you can find numerous books about his life and accomplishments, as well as an exhibit presently running at Bishop Museum, but here in Hawaii we remember him not only for his achievements but for the humble, honest, caring, and fun-loving person he was! Essentially, you could say he was the epitomy of Hawaiian Aloha to any and all who met him. During his remarkable years as an Olympian, 20 to be exact, he won medals, set records, and brought much attention to Hawaii. Wherever his travels took him, he was never without his surfboard and his ukulele, promoting the sport of surfing and entertaining his friends poolside with his music. He became Hawaii’s ambassador of Aloha to the world!
Now, each year near his birthday of August 24th, we honor him with a celebration of ocean sports events and competitions. There is a little something for everyone! Almost all events will be held on the beaches of Waikiki, where Duke grew up, and it all starts on August 22nd with a SUP Paddlefest at Kuhio Beach, some Keiki Beach Volleyball, and a Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta off Fort DeRussy Beach. Opening ceremonies take place at 5pm by the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki. The nest 8 days will also be filled with fun, from Longboard surfing to tandem surfing, from pro to up and coming teen competitors, and even an event for the dogs! There will be swim events, more beach volleyball, water polo, and a lifeguard competition. Evenings you can enjoy music and movies on the beach! You can check the schedule at http://dukesoceanfest.com/events so that you don’t miss out on any of your favorites. Come and be a part of the Oceanfest’s nine days of celebration, honoring the “Duke” of Hawaii, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku!