Rubber Duckie Race Set For July 4th

June 17, 2014, 1:31 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:45 PM
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The 23rd annual Rubber Duckie Race for Cerebral Palsy gets under way at the Kings Shops, Waikoloa, at 3 p.m. on the 4th of July.

But free activities, live entertainment and delicious food will begin at 11 a.m. for the holiday celebration.

The race will be followed by the popular duck-waddling and duck-calling contests, hosted again by “The Great Barusky.”

“Adoption” certificates for rubber duckies in the race will be available at Adoption Headquarters, otherwise known as the Kings Shops Management office, for a donation of $5 per duck. “Quack Packs,” which includes four rubber duckie certificates and a T-shirt, are available for $25.

All the funds raised through rubber duckie adoptions goes to the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii.


The duckies are tagged with waterproof tickets with the adoption certificate number and name of the adoptee on them which are placed in a giant starting cage suspended over the lake. At 3 p.m., thousands of rubber duckies are released and make their way across Kings’ Lake.


The first 50 duckies over the finish line win one of 50 prizes totaling more than $25,000.

Schedule of Entertainment

11 a.m. Kahikina’s Nahenahe `Ohana – Aunty Irma with adult students perform Hawaiian classics on `ukulele.


12 p.m. Kris Fuchigami – Local boy and accomplished ukulele artist from Hilo

1:15 p.m. Merriman’s Mediterranean Café Watermelon Eating Contest

2 p.m. Laulima – Local trio with a casual flare for the oldies but goodies to the sweet melodies of Hawaiian favorites and contemporary songs

3:00 p.m. The Great Rubber Duckie Race

3:30 p.m. Dam STR8 – Father & Son duo with famed drummer Ronnie Atwater performing musical styles from contemporary Hawaiian to pop, classic rock and originals.  Smooth harmonies as well as smoking guitars.

5 p.m. Duck Waddling and Duck Calling Contests

5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

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