A Visitor's Guide to Duke's OceanFest 2022
Waikiki’s ultimate ocean sports festival returns August 20 - 28, 2022 with a stacked lineup of adrenaline-pumping activities for thrillseekers and spectators alike. Duke’s OceanFest honors and celebrates the late Duke Kahanamoku, Honolulu native and father of modern surfing as we know it. Duke participated in and made many contributions to water sports, including bodysurfing, diving, sailing, outrigger canoeing, short-distance swimming (which he later went on to break records and win medals at the 1912, 1920, and 1924 Olympics), and is even credited with introducing beach volleyball to Southern California.
Duke’s OceanFest presents these activities and so much more, including cultural events, films, and Hawaiʻi’s only dog surfing competition!
Here’s everything you need to know about the event of the summer, from where to stay in Waikiki to what to do, including a full schedule of events in an easy-to-follow guide that we put together just for OceanFest. Refer to the Complete Guide to the Beaches of Waikiki to find event locations!
Duke’s OceanFest 2022 Schedule of Events
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Red Bull Party Wave; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Kuhio Beach / Queen’s Surf; This is always a crowd pleaser! Costumed teams perform a skit on the beach before paddling out to catch waves.
Monday, August 22, 2022
AccesSurf Adaptive Surfing Event; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Kuhio Beach / Queen’s Surf; Local surfers/mentors to people with disabilities showcase their unique surf styles to show the endless possibilities within the sport.
Pacifico Longboard Classic; 12 - 5 p.m. at Kuhio Beach / Queen’s Surf; Day One of Three; This year’s event is held in memory of all legendary and fearless watermen who have recently passed.
Duke’s OceanFest Opening Ceremony; 5 - 6 p.m. at the Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Kuhio Beach; Opening festivities include Hawaiian music, traditional hula, and the decorating of the statue with fresh flower lei.
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Pacifico Longboard Classic; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Day Two of Three (see above for details!).
Raising Cane’s Going to the Dogs SurFUR ComPETition; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Kuhio Beach / Queen’s Surf; Over 20 surfing furry and feathery friends hit the waves with their human companions to compete. Past competitors include pigs, ducks, cats, and dogs of all sizes!
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Sunrise Birthday Lei Draping; 7 - 8 a.m. at the Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Kuhio Beach; Celebrate Duke Kahanamoku’s 132nd birthday with this special morning ceremony.
Pacifico Longboard Classic; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Day Three of Three (see above for details!).
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Legends Surfing Invitational; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Kuhio Beach / Queen’s Surf; Day One of Three; Pro-style surfing competition; On Day One, amateurs are matched with professionals in a one-of-a-kind surf meet.
Head High World of Foil Team Challenge; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Kuhio Beach / Queen’s Surf; Day One of Two; Head High Wines and Duke’s OceanFest present a hydrofoiling surf challenge. The new sport blends physics and surfing in a truly amazing spectacle.
Panel and Documentary Screening of Beyond the Sport - Joey Cabell: The Legend of Surf; 5 - 9 p.m. at Hawaiʻi Theatre, 1130 Bethel St. Honolulu; Watch a film about the legendary championship surfer who helped revolutionize the sport in the 1960s.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Legends Surfing Invitational; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Day Two of Three (see above for details!).
Head High World of Foil Team Challenge; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Day Two of Two (see above for details!).
Waikiki Nights Presented by Oha - Waterman (The Life of Duke Kahanamoku); 6 - 9 p.m. at Kuhio Beach; Jason Mamoa narrates the 2022 feature film.
Friday, August 26, 2022
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Legends Surfing Invitational; 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Day Three of Three (see above for details!).
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Central Pacific Bank Menehune Surf Fest; 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Kuhio Beach / Queen’s Surf; Day One of Two; Pro-style surfing competition that encourages youths and introduces them to the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku.
Matson Keiki Kokua Surf Jam; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Kuhio Beach / Queen’s Surf; Kids ages 3 - 10 are invited to participate in this assisted surfing event.
Central Pacific Bank Top AM Junior Invitational; 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Kuhio Beach / Queen’s Beach; Day One of Two; Juniors ages 14 - 16 compete.
NA KOA Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta; 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Fort DeRussy Beach / Hale Koa; Wounded Warriors of America’s Armed Forces, their family members, and retired service members participate in the canoe regatta races.
Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim; 8 - 11 a.m. at Outrigger Waikiki Beach; Participate or watch hundreds of swimmers compete in the open water swim. The race begins and ends in front of Duke’s Waikiki.
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Beach Volleyball Challenge; 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Kapi‘olani / Queen’s Sand Volleyball Courts; Day One of Two; Co-Ed Open Doubles compete in the beach volleyball competition.
Sunday, August 28, 2022
Central Pacific Bank Menehune Surf Fest; 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Day Two of Two (see above for details!).
Central Pacific Bank Top AM Junior Invitational; 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Day Two of Two (see above for details!).
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Beach Volleyball Challenge; 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Day Two of Two; Boys and Girls Junior Doubles (12u/14u/16/u/18u).
Surfboard Water Polo; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Kapahulu Groin (Waikiki Wall); Come see how Duke Kahanamoku and his crew played water polo - on surfboards!
Duke’s Waikiki Blue Water Paddleboard/SUP Race; 8 - 11 a.m. from Kaimana Beach to Outrigger Waikiki; The competition is over 60 years old! Once held between the Diamond Head Buoy and the Outrigger Canoe Club, the entire competition is now visible from Waikiki Beach.
Duke's OceanFest registration is still open for select activities like the Ocean Mile Swim and Blue Water Paddleboard Race.
Where to Stay for Duke Fest 2022
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is located just steps away from Kuhio Beach in Waikiki. In addition to a host of amenities designed to make your stay more memorable, you’ll have complimentary access to our GoPro Camera to take on your Duke’s OceanFest adventure (subject to availability). Plus, collect Beach Candy credits the longer you stay!
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel makes attending Duke’s OceanFest 2022 easy with the addition of Beach Candy, Waikiki’s premiere beach gear rental shop that is conveniently located lobby level, facing Kalakaua Avenue. Competing at the festival? Beach Candy is stocked with popular surf equipment like surfboards, bodyboards, and stand-up paddleboards (SUP’s) in a variety of sizes. If you’re attending Duke Fest as a spectator, comfortable bamboo beach chairs, umbrellas, portable speakers, and more beach accessories are also available. By choosing to rent instead of buy, you are doing your part in helping our sustainability initiative to preserve the environment and reduce waste!
Guests of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel earn three Beach Candy Credits per night, per guest room, as part of the Resort Amenity Fee. Upon check-in, we’ll provide the details on how to redeem your credits on a wide selection of rentals. Visit the link to learn more on how to enhance your beach and ocean experience.
Nothing beats having some extra money for your travels to Hawaii. Enjoy great savings when you book directly at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.