Waikiki Celebrates Duke Kahanamoku’s Birthday

Honolulu, Hawaii, August 5 (DHN) – If you love the sport of surfing, head down to Waikiki during the week of August 21st through 28th to take part in the 10thannual Duke’s OceanFest. The celebration honors the greatest Hawaiian surfer and swimmer of all time, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku.
Duke was born in downtown Honolulu on August 24, 1890, and grew up in Waikiki (where the Hilton Hawaiian Village now stands). As the oldest of 10 siblings, Duke spent his youth on the beach in Hawaii, surfing and swimming. Kahanamoku achieved international acclaim by winning the gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle (and setting an Olympic record) at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Duke traveled around the world giving swimming exhibitions and surfing demonstrations. Duke ended up competing in three more Olympics, winning a total of three gold medals and two silver medals.

Visit Duke’s Statue in Waikiki on August 24th

Celebrating the 121st anniversary of Duke’s birth, the weeklong festival kicks off on August 21st at the Hilton Hawaiian Village for the Opening Ceremonies. On Wednesday, August 24th, Kahanamoku’s birthday will be celebrated with a morning lei draping (7 am) at the Duke Statue fronting Kuhio Beach. After the lei draping, the Toes Professional Longboard Contest will held at Queens Beach for the next three days, featuring some of the top pro surfers in the world. Alongside the contest there will be surf demonstrations and even a Legends Contest. On Saturday, August 27th, the 10-mile Hawaii Paddleboard Championship Race will be held, starting in Hawaii Kai and ending on Waikiki Beach. The Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim will also be held there on Waikiki Beach. Sponsored and organized by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. Proceeds from OceanFest support the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation which provides scholarships and grants to Hawaii’s scholar athletes.

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