Foundation's Story

About the Foundation

The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is to financially support the development of individuals and organizations that perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. Since inception, ODKF has been providing support to Hawai’i students, teams and events that personify the spirit of Duke Kahanamoku. As of 2020, the Foundation has awarded 817 grants  and 1007 scholarships totaling over $3 million in total community investment. We focus on impacts made through the sports Duke played and loved: Swimming, Surfing, Canoe Paddling, Kayaking, Diving, Water Polo, Sailing & Volleyball.

The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation began in 1986 when the Duke Kahanamoku Foundation merged with the Outrigger Foundation, which had been founded by members of the Outrigger Canoe Club. The Outrigger Canoe Club where Duke was a longtime member - still plays an important role by hosting ODKF board meetings and special events. While the ODKF charter specifies that two-thirds of board members also belong to the Outrigger Canoe Club, ODKF scholarships and grants are awarded across the state, without consideration of membership.


Duke's Oceanfest

ODKF initiated Duke’s OceanFest in the summer of 2002, to celebrate the issuance of a commemorative stamp of Duke Kahanamoku by the U.S. Postal Service. Almost two decades later, Duke’s OceanFest has grown into a weeklong celebration of Duke’s Sports, encouraging waterman and beachgoers of all skill levels and origins to compete with aloha spirit on the shores of Waikiki. Activities include surfing competitions for teens, amateurs, pros, tandems, the physically challenged and animals; a Wounded Warrior canoe regatta; stand-up paddling; a one-mile ocean swim; surfboard water polo; beach volleyball; various entertainment; and a sunrise lei ceremony at Duke Kahanamoku’s statue. The event coincides with Duke’s birthday, August 24th, 1890. Duke’s OceanFest became so popular that it developed its own Board of Directors and now operates as a sub-entity of ODKF. Every year Duke’s OceanFest donates part of its proceeds back to the Foundation.

Duke's Oceanfest

Hawai’i Waterman hall of fame

In 2008, the ODKF Board of Directors founded the Hawai’i Waterman Hall of Fame, inducting legendary athletes with strong Hawai’i connections who excel in water and beach sports, and who have left their sports and their community in a better place than before. As Hawai’i has no professional sports teams, our modern youth now have very few local, culturally connected professional athletes in the media to look up to. ODKF created the Hawai’i Waterman Hall of Fame event as an answer to that need. We may not have an NBA nor an NFL home team, but we do have a superlative waterman and ocean culture, with incredible role model stories to tell. For more information, visit our Waterman Hall of Fame page.

Duke's Night

In 2019, ODKF also hosted the first Duke’s Night, a community celebration of our young scholarship recipients. Our intention is that the kids leave Duke’s Night feeling truly valued by our community. We want them to know that we recognize their potential and that we want them to return to Hawai’i after college as our future leaders. We also hope that the media recognition will increase the public’s awareness of our scholarship program, helping us to recruit more scholars, and helping our scholars stand out in their college applications and to unlock future opportunities for them in Hawai’i.  For more information, visit our Scholarship page.

View 2019 Annual Report

Board Members & Staff

Board of Directors

Marcy Fleming
Marc Haine
1st Vice President
Zak Noyle
2nd Vice President
Doug Johnstone
Monica Salter
Noel Pacarro Brown
Former President
Jenifer Bossert
Jean Campbell
Hugh Damon
Anders Jonsson
Nani Naish
George Norcross
Bernice Parsons
Bill Pratt
Tiffany Richardson
Dara Shelton
Bradley Totherow
Terence Young

Director Emerita

Mary Philpotts McGrath


Sarah Fairchild
Executive Director
McKenna Ventura
Social Media Intern