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HI Now Host Kanoe Gibson takes on the Legends Surf Classic at Duke’s OceanFest

Joining Team Hawaii News Now and a longboarding legend

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Legends Surf Classic is just one of the many events that took place during this year’s Duke’s OceanFest. The event takes place over three days at Kuhio Beach, and HI Now host Kanoe Gibson got to hang ten with the Hawaii News Now surf team.

Gibson was joined by Hawaii News Now’s Keahi Tucker and Chief Investigative Reporter Lynn Kawano to name a few. The team was lucky enough to surf with longboard world champion Dino Miranda and came in 7th place out of 22 teams.

Now in its 18th year, Duke’s OceanFest celebrates the life and athletic contributions of Hawaii’s greatest waterman, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. The annual festival, held on the shores of Waikiki in August, is a series of special events and ocean sports that were close to Kahanamoku’s heart, including beach volleyball, paddleboarding, swimming and of course, surfing.

Kahanamoku was an incredible waterman and has been credited with spreading the sport of surfing. He was a natural at virtually all water-related activities — bodysurfing, board-surfing, diving, sailing, and outrigger canoe paddling — but he first came to prominence as a short-distance swimmer.

“Duke’s OceanFest represents what Duke Kahanamoku stood for and how he lived his life by sharing his aloha and friendship with everyone he encountered in Hawaii and around the world,” says Chris Colgate, co-chair of Duke’s OceanFest. “This annual festival, held in Duke’s honor, is a community-inspired event that is dedicated to bringing people together to share our aloha and celebrate the aina (land) and kai (sea) with everyone who participates.”

Duke’s OceanFest supports the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) with proceeds from Duke’s OceanFest helping to fund ODKF’s scholarships and grants directed at Hawai’i residents and nonprofit groups competing in ‘Duke related’ water sports and volleyball.

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