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Duke’s OceanFest celebrates ‘Duke’s Day’ Monday

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Duke’s OceanFest’s live events were canceled this year due to COVID-19, but the organization is asking people to join them Monday in a campaign to remember its namesake Duke Kahanamoku.

“Duke’s Day” marks what would have been Kahanamoku’s 130th birthday.

Kahanamoku, who was born Aug. 24, 1890, and died Jan. 22, 1968, was a Native Hawaiian who at one time was known as the world’s fastest swimmer. A born waterman, he won six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming. He was also a champion canoe paddler and steersman and was known as the “Father of International Surfing,” a sport he spread throughout the world on his many goodwill tours.

Here’s how the campaign works:

>> Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to safely participate in an activity Duke enjoyed like surfing, paddle boarding, swimming, volleyball, water polo, canoe riding, and more.

>> Like, comment and share on your social media channels your experience in celebrating “Duke’s Day” and encourage others to do the same.

>> Follow and tag: #DukesDay2020 @DukesOceanFest #DukesOceanFest.

For more information, visit @DukesOceanFest or email

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