Duke’s OceanFest is held each summer in Waikiki in honor of Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (1890-1968), who is remembered as the greatest waterman who ever lived, and Hawaii’s ambassador of Aloha.
“In Hawai’i we greet friends, loved ones or strangers with ALOHA which means with LOVE,” Duke stated as his creed. “ALOHA is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawai’i renowned as the world’s center of understanding and fellowship. Try meeting or leaving people with ALOHA. You’ll be surprised by their reaction.”
Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968) is regarded as Hawai‘i’s greatest athlete, having won six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming, from 1912 to 1932, and is also recognized as the “Father of International Surfing.” He was the first person inducted into both the International Swimming Hall of Fame (1965) and International Surfing Hall of Fame (1966).
The 12th annual Duke’s OceanFest will be held at venue sites throughout Waikiki from August 17-25th, 2013. The 9-day event features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart. 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.
Therefore, Duke’s OceanFest includes activities such as: longboard surfing, paddleboard racing, swimming, tandem surfing, surf polo, beach volleyball and more!
The iconic greatness of Duke Kahanamoku’s legacy will be honored and the enduring magnificence of Waikïkï Beach’s sports heritage celebrated with the 12th Annual Duke’s OceanFest. Presented by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) with support from numerous community-minded sponsors, Duke’s OceanFest will offer a variety of exciting ocean sports competitions and special events during the nine-day festival (schedule below).
“At its core, Duke’s OceanFest is dedicated to creating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to compete in ocean sports, and raising funds to support the education of Hawai‘i’s young men and women, just as Duke Kahanamoku wanted,” said Jim Fulton, Chair of Duke’s OceanFest. “We have a superb schedule of events planned and thank our sponsors and volunteers for giving so much to help make this happen.”
While competitions and events will be held at locations stretching the length of Waikïkï Beach, most will take place at the headquarters site for Duke’s OceanFest, with the exhibit booths, judges’ stand, and awards stage overlooking Queen’s Surf and fronting the majestic statue of Duke Kahanamoku.
Duke’s OceanFest will also feature the debut of the centennial edition of The Surf Riders of Hawaii, believed to be the first-known book about surfing. Originally handmade around 1910 by A.R. Gurrey, Jr., considered the “Father of Surfing Photography,” the book includes a text about surf riding, a poem from British poet Lord Byron, and eight photos of early surfing at Waikïkï, including one of the earliest known surfing images of Duke Kahanamoku.
For more information and applications to compete in events, please visit www.dukesoceanfest.com.
Net proceeds raised by Duke’s OceanFest will be donated to ODKF to help fund its annual awarding of college scholarships and athletic grants to Hawai‘i residents and nonprofit organizations competing in water sports and volleyball. This year ODKF awarded $150,000 in scholarships and grants.
ODKF is a public, nonprofit foundation whose mission is to financially support the development of individuals and organizations that perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. For more information about ODKF, please visit: www.dukefoundation.org