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Program, news, events, entries - Duke's OceanFest 2018

19 July 18

Duke’s OceanFest, Waikīkī’s premier ocean sports festival, returns to honor the enduring legacy of the legendary Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, August 18-26. An Olympic champion, surfing pioneer and expert paddler, Duke Kahanamoku is fondly remembered as an accomplished waterman and ambassador of Hawai‘i’s Aloha Spirit.

The 2018 Duke’s OceanFest will feature 30 exciting athletic ocean and beach competitions and special events during its nine-day schedule, with most taking place at Queen’s Surf on Waikīkī Beach, a favorite place of Duke Kahanamoku, and home to the magnificent statue honoring his contributions to the world of watersports.

The public is invited to join in on the competitions and community events such as the screening of Duke Kahanamoku: Hawai‘i’s Soul documentary on August 23 on the beach at the Duke Statue. 

“Duke’s OceanFest is nine days of fun, family-friendly ocean events that owes its success to the strength and involvement of the community in perpetuating the waterman legacy,” said Chris Colgate, co-chair of Duke’s OceanFest. “Every year, residents, visitors, competitors and spectators come together from around the world to enjoy Waikīkī Beach at its best, just as Duke Kahanamoku did for decades.”

Through this annual event, we are paying tribute to one of the world’s most renowned watermen, Duke Kahanamoku, and how he continues to inspire watermen and waterwomen around the world. Duke’s OceanFest is committed to passing on Duke’s love for the ocean and the aloha he shared with all people who came to Hawai‘i.”

Coinciding with Duke Kahanamoku’s birthday (Aug. 24, 1890), Duke’s OceanFest began as a one- day celebration on Aug. 24, 2002, to welcome the issuance of a commemorative stamp of Duke Kahanamoku by the U.S. Postal Service. Since then, the annual festival has grown tremendously in support from volunteers, generous sponsors, and supportive government agencies, which make the nine-day festival possible.

Duke’s OceanFest supports the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF). Net proceeds from Duke’s OceanFest help fund ODKF’s awarding of scholarships and grants to Hawai‘i residents and nonprofit groups competing in water sports and volleyball.

Renowned as Hawai‘i’s greatest athlete, Duke Kahanamoku won six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming, and is recognized as the “Father of International Surfing.” In his prime, Kahanamoku was the world’s fastest swimmer, the single-most influential person in promoting surfing worldwide, and a champion paddler and steersman.

Major or Gold Level Sponsors of Duke’s OceanFest include the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Duke’s Waikiki, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Matson, Kona Brewing Company and AccesSurf.

Duke’s OceanFest Schedule of Events: August 18-26, 2018

Most competitions, events and exhibit booths for Duke’s OceanFest are being staged at Queen’s Surf, Waikīkī, fronting Duke Kahanamoku’s statue, unless noted otherwise. 

  SATURDAY, AUGUST 18                                                                                                                             

9th Annual Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta, Ft. DeRussy Beach
Matson Menehune Surf Fest, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf
Lei Draping and Opening Ceremony, Duke’s Statue (4:30pm start)

  SUNDAY, AUGUST 19                                                                                                                                 

Matson Menehune Surf Fest, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf
Hawaii Adaptive Surf Championships Welcoming Ceremony (5pm start)

MONDAY, AUGUST 20                                                                                                                                

AccesSurf Presents Hawaii Adaptive Surf Championships, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21                                                                                                                               

AccesSurf Presents Hawaii Adaptive Surf Championships, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf
Surfing with the Stars – a fundraiser for AccesSurf (10am start)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22                                                                                                                         

Pacific Tandem Surfing Contest and Exhibition, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf
Duke’s Waikiki Amateur Longboard Surf Classic, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf
AccesSurf Presents Hawaii Adaptive Surf Championships, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23                                                                                                                             

Pacific Tandem Surfing Contest, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf
Waikiki Movie Night on the Sand featuring Duke Kahanamoku: Hawai‘i’s Soul, Duke Statue
Going to the Dogs SurFUR ComPETition, Kuhio Beach-Baby Queen’s Surf
ODKF Waterman’s Hall of Fame (tickets at, Outrigger Canoe Club

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24                                                                                                                                  

Duke Kahanamoku Sunrise Birthday Lei Draping, Duke’s Statue (7am)
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Legends Surf Classic, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf
Waikiki Movie Night on the Sand, Between The Dreams, Duke’s Statue

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25                                                                                                                             

Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim, Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach (8am start)
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Legends Surf Classic, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf
Outrigger Resorts Junior Beach Volleyball Tournament, Queen’s Sand and Volleyball Courts
Great Hawaiian Legends Luau (tickets information at, Waikiki Aquarium

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26                                                                                                                                 

Red Bull Hawaiian Party Wave, Kuhio Beach-Queen’s Surf
Duke Kahanamoku Surfboard WaterPolo, Kapahulu Breakwall
Outrigger Resorts Adult Beach Volleyball Tournament, Queen’s Sand Volleyball Courts



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