7th Annual Duke’s OceanFest Waikiki Water Sports Celebration
Taking Place August 17-24, 2008
This year’s Duke’s OceanFest will feature a variety of fun and exciting water sports competitions and events in paying tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, culminating with the always popular Waikiki Lei Parade and decorating of Duke’s Statue on the 118th anniversary of his birthday, Sunday, August 24. Find out more at dukefoundation.org.
Come watch SUP surfers rip it up on August 19 & 23 during the C4 Waterman / Honolua Surf Stand-Up Beach Boy Contest.
The primary objectives of the weeklong festival are to honor the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku, provide a Waikiki water sports celebration for residents and visitors to enjoy, and raise funds for ODKF’s college scholarship and athletic grants program. Last year, Duke’s OceanFest generated more than $30,000 for ODKF.
“Duke’s OceanFest is the best week of the year to enjoy Waikiki Beach. It’s incredibly fun for residents and visitors alike and is all based on the long and storied water sports tradition that Duke Kahanamoku and Hawaii’s other watermen established over the years,” said ODKF President Patrick Dugan.
Events scheduled for Duke’s OceanFest include the following:
- Hawaiian Airlines Duke’s Legends Surf Classic (August 22 & 23) Sponsored teams comprised of four amateur surfers and a Hawaii surf legend compete over several days in a competition run like a pro surf meet with heats, judges, scoring, public address announcer, and exhibit booths. Proceeds raised from the team sponsorships go to ODKF’s scholarships and grants program.
- C4 Waterman Honolua Surf Stand-Up Beach Boy (August 19 & 23) The growing popularity of stand-up paddle surfing is showcased in this Waikiki event.
- Lanikai Canoe Club’s 41st Annual Duke Kahanamoku Classic (August 17)
The opening event of Duke’s OceanFest week, this 24-mile open ocean
course will challenge canoe teams to race from Kailua to Duke
- Tandem Surfing (August 20 to 23) Having two on the board is better than going solo in this entertaining, acrobatic dance duet of surfing.
- Roxy Jam Honolulu Pro Women’s Surf (August 20 to 23) Waikiki’s only women’s longboard surf meet attracts competitors worldwide to crown the queen of Waikiki.
- Waikiki Beach Boys Legends Celebration at Duke’s Waikiki (August 22) Known as Ho‘ohanohano Na Kanaka O Ke Kai this event is a poignant gathering of former beach boys and old friends of Duke sharing fond memories of Waikiki. (to honor the men of the sea),
- Corona Extra Duke Classic Beach Volleyball Tournament (August 23) Four-person teams – three men and one woman – take to the sand for this daylong tournament at Kuhio Beach.
- Hawaii Paddleboard Championship (August 23) “Duke’s
Race” starts at Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai and finishes at Duke’s
Statue in Waikiki and features some of Hawaii’s best watermen and
waterwomen. The 2007 race had 125 competitors.
- Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim (August 23)
Just like Duke did, hundreds of swimmers gather in front of Duke’s
Waikiki restaurant at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach for this
one-mile open ocean sprint.
- Surf Polo Tournament (August 24)
Six-person teams compete in this fast-paced, round-robin water polo
tournament that is played while sitting on surfboards – exactly how
Duke and his fellow watermen did decades ago. Held at Kapahulu Groin,
last year’s teams included lifeguards from the City and County of
Honolulu, Los Angeles County and the University of Hawaii Wahine.
- Waikiki Lei Parade and Draping of Duke’s Statue (August 24)
This colorful Waikiki Beach tradition features the decorating of Duke’s
Statue with bundles of fresh flower lei, all of which are carried on
surfboards as part of a sidewalk lei parade along Kalakaua Avenue.
- The Great Hawaiian 105 KINE Luau (August 23) Featuring classic Hawaiian music and ono Hawaiian food, this is the ultimate luau in celebration of Duke and Waikiki Beach. Proceeds go to ODKF’s college scholarships and athletic grants program.
- Splash and Dash at Hilton Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon (August 17)
This newest event of Duke’s OceanFest will be a fun-filled competition
featuring community swim clubs in all age groups. The Splash and Dash
will be open to all competitors.
- Waterman Challenge (August 23).
This exciting relay race is a team competition consisting of a 500-yard
swim, 1,000-yard paddleboard race, and 2,000-yard canoe race. Top
lifeguard teams from Hawaii and California along with teams from local
canoe clubs showcase the skills of being a waterman. The winning team
receives the Waterman Perpetual Trophy.
C4 Waterman Honolua Surf Stand-Up Beach Boy Contest Sponsors