Fuel up your engines and get ready for a week of Hawaiian ocean sports at the Duke’s OceanFest organized by The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. It is a weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of Hawaii’s greatest ambassador of aloha, Duke Kahanamoku.
Wednesday, August 24 commemorates his 121st Birthday and a sunrise service will be held in his honor at 6:45am at the Duke Kahanamoku bronze statue in Waikiki. The first competition to kick off the Duke’s Fest was AccessSurf for Challenged Athletes on Wednesday morning. Some exciting surf competitions throughout the week will be going on.
Thursday, August 25th, you can check out Bears Tandem Surfing Exhibition and the Kicker Audio Toes on the Nose Professional Longboard Contest.
Friday, August 26th GoPro Presents the C4 Waterman SUP Surf Race and SUP SurfOff. There will also be a Legends Surf Classic and Waikiki Beachboy Tribute.
If you want to get on the action, Saturday, August 27th is your day. You can register on the beach at 7:45am for the Waikiki One Mile Ocean Swim or if you want to push your limits…the
2011 Hawaii Paddleboard Championship presented by Maui Jim is a 10 mile race which starts in Hawaii Kai and ends at the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki.
Sunday, August 28th will showcase some of Hawaii’s best waterpolo players in a match, as well as, the Kahala Challenge which is an 800 meter swim, 2 mile run, and 2 mile paddleboard/SUP or 2.5 mile one man canoe.
It will be an exciting week filled with the spirit of Aloha that Duke Kahanamoku shared with so many people all over the world. Click here for the complete schedule of events for the week.