Team members of Waikīkī Beach Walk paddle to shore after advancing to the next heat of outrigger canoe racing at the 30th Annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge. - Photo: Courtesy

Calling all ocean enthusiasts! If water sports are your thing, join a team or cheer on your favorites at a popular, fun-filled fundraiser.

The Waikīkī Community Center will host its 33rd annual benefit event, the Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge, on Sunday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Head down to Duke’s Beach and Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort to join visitors and local community residents for an exhilarating day of outrigger canoe racing, stand-up paddle board contests and kayak competitions.

Each year the Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge also features a variety of top-notch classic and contemporary entertainment.

All funds raised from this year’s event will allow the Waikīkī Community Center (WCC) to continue lending a helping hand to kūpuna, keiki, visitors and people in need in the Waikīkī community. Last year, WCC reached many, providing tuition assistance for pre-K aged children from low-income working families, food for over 1,700 families in need, and programs that help over 6,400 seniors maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Celebrating 40 years of service, the Waikīkī Community Center has served as a resource for the community of Waikīkī, providing multigenerational services to better the lives of residents from keiki to kupuna. With support of the community, WCC has been able to effectively reach and help over 95,000 individuals annually receive the services they need.

For more information, call (808) 923-1802 or visit