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Duke's OceanFest 2011

August 21st - 28th

The 10th annual Duke’s OceanFest will celebrate the 121st anniversary of Duke Kahanamoku’s birth with water sports competitions and exhibitions including longboard surfing, tandem surfing, surfboard water polo, a one-mile swim race, and the 2011 Hawaii Paddleboard Championships.

The weeklong celebration of Kahanamoku’s the life and legacy will kick off with afternoon opening ceremonies on Sun., Aug. 21 at Hilton Hawaiian Village, followed by the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame awards dinner at the resort in Waikiki. The 2011 inductees are:

  • Big wave surfing legend Peter Cole;
  • Ethel Kukea, who dominated women’s surfing in Hawaii during the 1950s;
  • Aileen Soule, a swimmer and diver who, at age 14, won a gold medal in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium; and
  • Nainoa Thompson, who, since 1976, has played an integral part in the design, construction, sailing and navigation of the voyaging canoe, Hokulea.

On Wed., Aug. 24, Duke’s birthday, there will be a 7 a.m. ceremony, during which the “Duke” statue, near  “Queens” surf area on Waikiki Beach, will be heavily draped in long lei strands. That day’s fest sports lineup includes the start of the Toes on the Nose longboard classic, tandem surfing and “legends contest,” all of which will continue through Fri., Aug. 26.

Both the Hawaii Paddleboard Championships and Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim are set for Sat., Aug. 27. The 10-mile paddleboard race will start at 11 a.m. in Maunalua Bay, near Hawaii Kai.  The swim race, which will get under way at 9 a.m. , starts and wraps up on Waikiki Beach. 

For additional information on the week long celebration, include a schedule of events, visit the Duke Foundation website.  

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