Meet Your Watermen (and Women) Heroes this Weekend
This weekend, Queens Beach in Waikiki will see more foot traffic by legendary watermen and women than anywhere else over the course of the entire year. It’s the full-swing of Duke’s Oceanfest, and the “Legends Lonboard” contest kicks off Friday, going well into Saturday afternoon; it is followed/preceded by the open water mile swim, SUP and paddleboard races, as well as a variety of water events that all culminate with a rockin’ luau at sundown on Saturday, August 27th.
Among the legends that will be kicking it in the sand are: Paul Strauch, Randy Rarick, Ben Aipa, Jock Sutherland, Keone Downing, Buttons Kaluhiokalani and Donald Takayama, just to name a few.
Saturday evening’s luau will kick off at 5:30 p.m., and give regular joe’s a chance to rub elbows, break (poi) bread and raise a Longboard Lager with their favorite legends. It’s a very special time, that in past years has been well attended by members of the Kahanamoku family and other legendary watermen. Hosted by KINE radio, there is never a shortage of tasty foods and great music.
This year, the Duke Kahanamoku Foundation is inducting a new class of watermen into its Hall of Fame. They are: Nainoa Thompson, executive director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society; Aileen Soule, champion (Olympic) swimmer and diver; Ethel Kukea, beach girl and champion surfer; and Peter Cole, one of the first big wave surfers and watermen of Hawaii’s 1950s, and co-founder of the international Surfrider Foundation.
Saturday evening’s luau will kick off at 5:30 p.m., and give regular joe’s a chance to rub elbows, break (poi) bread and raise a Longboard Lager with their favorite legends.