The Waikiki Community Center coordinates unique events throughout the year to raise unrestricted funds for our programs and services.

Waikiki Community Center
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Pacific Beach Hotel

A benefit for the Waikiki Community Center

Sunday, March 15, 2015 
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Free admission!

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and Beach

An all day line up of fabulous entertainment  and so much more!


The 30th Annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge will take place on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Duke's Beach and Lagoon. Proceeds from this event support programs and services for families, children, and senior adults who live, work and visit Waikiki.  Thousands attend this annual event with beautiful weather and great paddling conditions. 

The Duke Kahanamoku Challenge is a fun, family and corporate event for the whole community, all ages!  First established in 1985 as a community service project by the Waikiki Jaycees, the event is now positioned as the signature sports fundraising event benefiting the Waikiki Community Center (WCC).  2015 will mark the event's 30th year anniversary with lots of exciting and fun activities and entertainment planned.  Fun for the whole family, mark your calendar now.  Local businesses, hotels, and community groups are invited to participate in the day of fun and competition which includes:

  • Team quarter-mile (1/4 mile) canoe sprint race in Duke's Beach (Canoes, paddles and steersman provided, if needed).
  • Ancient Hawaiian Makahiki land games. 
  • Huki Kaula (Hawaiian Tug-of-War). Exciting to watch!
  • Team SUP (stand up paddle) Races in Rainbow Lagoon
  • Non-stop live entertainment!  
  • Craft Marketplace 
  • The event kicks off with a double-hulled canoe procession, in 'oli (chant) and Kahiko (ancient hula and song) by the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian Ensemble class.  Following the opening ceremonies, a special line-up of entertainment from the Main Stage on the Great Lawn!  Hula, Tahitian and local celebrity talent!

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