Duke Halapu Kahanamoku remains one of the most iconic figures from Hawaiian history. He is credited with spreading the sport of surfing and represented Hawaii as a five-time Olympic athlete who even took home the gold medal in swimming. Duke's Canoe Club and Barefoot Beach Bar is named for him, and a memorial statue covered in leis prominently stands on Waikiki Beach.
The Outrigger Hotels sponsor Duke's OceanFest every year. The event celebrates all sorts of water sports that the Duke loved.