Waikiki, Oahu Hawaii
18 - 26 August 2012
Duke Kahanamoku's spirit alive and well at annual event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 August, 2012 : - - Rabbit Kekai watched over all his keike today at the Duke's Oceanfest. Surf was perfect, 1 foot to a solid two feet for the keike who's ages ranged from 4 to 13 years of age. 'I have been trying to bring the kids up and through the years a lot of them are champions already", said Legend Uncle Rabbit Kekai.' The most important thing I say to them is to behave, to honor one another and never fight or your out. Then I teach them maneuvers".
Rabbit Kekai talks about Duke Kahanamoku with love and respect. " Duke was the grandfather of all of us, he was my mentor and I learned the ABC's. He rode Publix all the way in to shore with one graceful stance. In Duke's time everyone would corner him for knowledge and he taught all the kids, he stuck up for me when I was a kid".
Duke’s OceanFest is dedicated to promoting Hawai‘i’s ocean sports heritage while perpetuating the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. Duke Kahanamoku is regarded as Hawai‘i’s greatest athlete, winning six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming, from 1912-1932. Revered worldwide, Duke is recognized as the “Father of International Surfing” and later in life was honored with the distinction of being named as Hawai‘i’s official “Ambassador of Aloha.”
This coming Friday, August 24, will mark the 122nd anniversary of Duke Kahanamoku’s birthday (Date of birth: August 24, 1890). Also today the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Waikiki Sand Soccer Championship concluded in perfect Waikiki weather. Todays event marked a major step forward in bringing Sand soccer to the islands. A tough tournment played by all.
Duke’s OceanFest is presented by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF). ODKF is a public, nonprofit foundation whose mission is to financially support the development of individuals and organizations that perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. The Duke's Oceanfest continues tomorrow Sunday with Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Sand Soccer Championship and the Jamba Juice Rabbit Kekai Keike Surfing event. The Duke Kahanamoku statue in the middle of Waikiki is the base for the events.
Source: Banzai Betty
Author: Betty Depolito
Tags: Duke's OceanFest, Waikiki, Stand Up Paddle, Rabbit Kekai