Duke's OceanFest is held each summer in Waikiki in honor of Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who is remembered as the greatest waterman who ever lived, and Hawaii’s ambassador of Aloha.
The annual levent is held at venue sites throughout Waikiki, during the month of August (2015 dates to come). OceanFest features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku's heart: Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Beach Volleyball, and more!
Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (1890 – 1968) was a swimmer, actor, lawman, one of the pioneer players of beach volleyball, and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing. He was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming. The name "Duke" is not a title, but a given name. He was named after his father, Duke Halapu Kahanamoku, who was christened "Duke" by Bernice Pauahi Bishop in honor of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, who was visiting Hawaii at the time of the elder man's birth in 1869.