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Duke Kahanamoku OceanFest 2010 rides Waikiki surf, Aug. 22-28

Duke_Kahanamoku_OceanFest_2010Longboard surfing! Tandem wave riding! Stand-up paddleboarding! Volleyball! Surf polo! Open ocean swims! Luau!

If you’re in Waikiki all next week, from Sun., Aug. 22 to Sat., Aug. 28, you’ll get to experience all of the above—from surf to shore—at the 9th Annual Duke Kahanamoku OceanFest. Put together by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation, the weeklong festival at Waikiki’s Kuhio Beach celebrates the life and passions of the Hawaii water legend.

Monies raised from the fest's weeklong schedule of ocean contests benefit athletic scholarships for Hawaii students competing in water sports and volleyball, and athletic grant programs.

If you live in Hawaii or visit us often enough, you're likely already familiar with the legacy of Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku. Kahanamoku all but ruled the surf breaks at Kuhio Beach for much of his life, as one of Waikiki’s most famous beach boys and watermen.

He brought home five Olympic medals for swimming at the 1912, 1920 and 1924 summer games—three of ‘em gold. Post-Olympics, Kahanamoku became Hawaii’s first real ambassador of surfing, generating worldwide interest in the sport on his travels. He was the first inductee to both the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Surfing Hall of Fame.

A Waikiki statue honoring Kahanamoku, who passed away in 1968 at age 77, is one of the most popular photo spots on Kuhio Beach, and ground zero for next week’s OceanFest.

We’ve listed the complete Duke Kahanamoku OceanFest schedule below, by day, from Aug. 22-28. Except where noted, nearly all of OceanFest’s sports competitions and events are free and open to the public.

See you on the beach!

Sun., Aug. 22

• 10 a.m.
Hoomana Opening Ceremony
, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, 2005 Kalia Rd., Waikiki

Duke_Kahanamoku_OceanFest_2010Tues., Aug. 24

• 7 a.m.
Sunrise Blessing
, Duke Kahanamoku Statue, off Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki (pictured, right).
The blessing ceremony honors the 120th anniversary of Duke’s birth.

• 8:30 p.m.
Toes on the Nose/Gidget Kick-Off Party,
Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber, 2300 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki

Wed., Aug. 25

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• 15th annual Toes on the Nose Rabbit Kekai Hawaii Longboard Classic
, Queen’s Beach, Waikiki
The world’s best male longboard riders compete.

• Gidget  Womens’ Pro Longboard Open, Queen’s Beach, Waikiki
The world’s best female long board riders compete.

• Cabana's Pool Bar and Nashville Waikiki Tandem Championships, Kuhio Beach, Waikiki
Teams made up of two individuals on one surfboard display serious acrobatic and balance skills in competition.

Thurs., Aug. 26

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• 15th annual Toes on the Nose Rabbit Kekai Hawaii Longboard Classic
, Queen’s Beach, Waikiki
Competition concludes from previous day.

• Gidget Womens’ Pro Longboard Open, Queen’s Beach, Waikiki
Competition concludes from previous day.

• AccesSurf Challenged Athlete Surfing Contest
, Kuhio Beach, Waikiki
 Competition showing off wave riding skills of physically-challenged surfers.

• 2 p.m.
C4 Waterman Stand-Up Paddleboard Race
, Queen’s Beach, Waikiki
Stand-up paddleboarders race on a course off Waikiki.

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