The 8-day event features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku's heart: Longboard Surfing - Paddleboard Racing - Swimming - Tandem Surfing - Surf Polo - Beach Volleyball - Stand-Up Paddling, etc.
Duke's OceanFest is held each summer in Waikiki in honor of Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who is remembered as the greatest waterman who ever lived, and Hawaii’s ambassador of Aloha. Among his many accomplishments, Duke Kahanamoku was an Olympic gold medal swimmer; a surfer; an esteemed canoe steersman; a Hollywood actor; and the Sheriff of Honolulu.
The festivities commence on August 18, with a lei draping and ceremony at Duke's statue that is open to the public. Duke’s birthday celebration is on August 24th and is one of many of the weeks highlights; which also include the KINE Luau, Waterman’s Awards, etc. The ocean sports events begin on Saturday, August 18 and through Sunday, August 26.
Duke's OceanFest is a fundraiser for scholarships for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation which supports local scholar athletes.