Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame

The Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame celebrates individuals whose contributions to water sports unite, inspire, and remind us of the unique opportunities our oceans provide to our communities.  View the inductees from 2010 and 2011 below.

"In Hawaii we greet friends, loved ones or strangers with Aloha, which means with love.  Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawaii renowned as the world's center of understanding and fellowship.  Try meeting or leaving people with Aloha.  You'll be surprised by their reaction.  I believe it, and it is my creed" -Duke Kahanamoku

2010 Inductees

Duke Kahanamoku - Swimming, Surfing and Paddling - Duke is fondly remembered today as an exemplary human being and the greatest waterman who ever lived.  Among his many accomplishments, Kahanamoku was an Olympic gold medal swimmer; a surfer; an esteemed canoe steersman; a Hollywood actor; and the Sherriff of Honolulu. 

Buffalo Keaulana - Surfing - The patriarch of Makaha's "first family," Buffalo's enduring legacy of Aloha has touched generations of ocean lovers and surfers worldwide.

Rabbit Kekai - Surfing and Paddling - A fun-loving Waikiki beach boy legend, Rabit Kekai is admired by surfers around the world as a groundbreaking pioneer and champion

Rell Sunn - Surfing and Paddling -Revered as the "Queen of Kakaha," Rell Sunn was a champion surfer with a legacy of pioneering triumphs for women in ocean sports.

Keo Nakama - Swimming -Keo was one of Hawaii's greatest and hardest-working swimmers.  He was the first person to swim the 27 mile, Molokai-Oahu channel, doing so in 1961 at age 40.

Eddie Aikau - Surfing and Ocean Safety - "Eddie Would Go!" The phrase pays tribute to the heroic Eddie Aikau, the North Shore's first lifeguard, who saved hundreds of lives, and loved to surf the big waves.

Fred Hemmings - Surfing and Paddling - Fred was one of the world's best surfers by age 18, winning the Makaha International Surfing Championships and Peruvian International Championships in 1964.

Wally Froiseth - Surfing and Paddling - Fearless and adventurous, Wally pioneered the development of the "Hot Curl" surfboard in the mid-1930s, which provided speed and control to handle the big waves he loved to attack.

2011 Inductees

Nainoa Thompson - Polynesian Voyaging - Nainoa embraced the miracle of ancient Polynesian voyaging and brought it forward for all of Hawaii to celebrate.

Ethel Kukea - Surfing and Paddling - Ethel was a surfing champion, pioneer, competitive paddler, and role model who inpired a generation of women to follow her lead.

Aileen Soule - Swimming - At age 14, Aileen became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in 1920, in springboard diving, before becoming the only Olympian ever to medal in both swimming and diving four years later.

Peter Cole - Surfing and Community Service - Respected as a daring big-wave surfer, Peter Cole won the 1958 Makaha International Surfing Championships and conquered monster waves in Hawaii and around the world.

Nappy Napoleon - Paddling - Nappy Napoleon's lifelong passion for canoe paddling has carried him to inspiring exploits.

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