16th Annual Duke’s OceanFest Opens With Weekend Festivities, August 19-21

Duke's OceanFest Celebrates Surfing Legend’s Legacy in Waikiki, August 19-27WHAT
The 2017 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 Waikiki Beach, a favorite place of Duke Kahanamoku, and home to the magnificent statue honoring his contributions to the world of watersports.

Visit Waikiki this coming weekend to enjoy action-packed events such as the Duke’s OceanFest Opening Ceremony, Matson Menehune Surf Fest and more. On Monday, August 21, Waikiki’s premier ocean sports festival will feature the opening days of both the AccesSurf Adaptive Surf Competition and Duke’s Waikiki Amateur Longboard and SUP Surf Classic.

WHENSaturday, August 19 – Monday, August 21

Saturday, August 19

  • Matson Menehune Surf Festival, presented by Na Kam Kai (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
    Day one of a special pro-style surf competition (Aug. 19-20) is presented to help encourage surfing among Hawaii’s youths.
    Location: Queen’s Surf
  • 8th Annual Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    This inspiring canoe regatta features exciting races manned by the brave Wounded Warriors of America’s Armed Forces, along with family members and retired service members.
    Location: Fort DeRussy Beach
  • Duke’s OceanFest Opening Ceremony (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
    To conclude the first day of Duke’s OceanFest, presented by the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, competitors and fans are treated to a festive opening ceremony, featuring Hawaiian music and highlighted by the always-popular decorating of Duke Kahanamoku’s majestic statue with beautiful fresh flower lei.
    Location: Queen’s Surf

Sunday, August 20

  • Matson Menehune Surf Fest, presented by Na Kam Kai (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Day two of a special pro-style surf competition (Aug. 19-20) is presented to help encourage surfing among Hawaii’s youth.
    Location: Queen’s Surf
  • AccessSurf Hawaii Welcome Ceremony (5 – 6 p.m.)
    Signifying the start of the three-day AccesSurf Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Competition, August 21-23. The top competitors from each qualifying division will compete in a mixed adaptive super heat, where the winner will be awarded the coveted ‘Duke’s Cup.’
    Location: Queen’s Surf

Monday, August 21

  • AccesSurf Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Competition (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
    Day one of this inspirational three-day competition (Aug. 21-23) features athletes overcoming physical challenges, including paralysis and amputation, to compete in a pro-style surfing contest.
    Location: Queen’s Surf
  • Duke’s Waikiki Amateur Longboard and SUP Surf Classic (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
    Day one of this two-day (Aug. 21, 23) amateur competition presented by Duke’s Waikiki features many of longboard and SUP surfers vying to be crowned as king and queen of Queen’s Surf.
    Location: Queen’s Surf


For images and b-roll, feel free to access the links provided below. Please indicate the appropriate photo and b-roll credit to Duke’s OceanFest.

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

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

For additional information on Duke Kahanamoku or Duke’s OceanFest, please visit www.dukesoceanfest.com.

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