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Nominees sought for Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame


A new class of distinguished waterman legends will be inducted into the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame this August and the public is being invited to nominate worthy candidates for consideration.

The Hall of Fame nomination packet and submittal instructions are available at the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s (ODKF) website.

There is no fee required. The deadline for nominating a candidate is April 7.

With support from respected watermen in the community, ODKF established the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame three years ago to honor the accomplishments of Hawaii’s legendary watermen and waterwomen.

The criterion for induction is:

* Keiki o ka aina / Keiki o ke kai

* Sustained outstanding contribution to the sport and the community

* International, national and local accomplishment and recognition

The 2013 Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame Awards Dinner is Aug. 22 at the Outrigger Canoe Club. Table sponsorships and individual seats will be sold.

Net proceeds raised will support ODKF’s college scholarships and athletic grants program.

ODKF’s college scholarships are awarded to Hawaii students competing in water sports and volleyball, making ODKF the only program of its kind in Hawaii. Athletic grants are presented to Hawaii residents and nonprofit groups.

In 2012, ODKF awarded $130,950 in scholarships and grants to 61 Hawaii athletes and nonprofit groups.

Since its formation in 1986, ODKF has awarded $1.8 million in scholarships and grants.

Previous inductees in the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame are as follows:

2010 – Eddie Aikau, Wally Froiseth, Fred Hemmings, Duke Kahanamoku, Buffalo Keaulana, Rabbit Kekai, Keo Nakama, Nappy Napoleon, Rell Sunn

2011 – Peter Cole, Ethel Kukea, Aileen Soule, Nainoa Thompson

2012 – Ricky Grigg, Archie Kalepa, Brian Keaulana, Michael Tongg,
Royal Surfing Alii: HRH Prince David Laamea Kahalepouli Kawananakoa, HRH Prince Edward Abnel Keliiahonui, HRH Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, HRH Princess Victoria Kaiulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiu-i-Lunalilo Cleghorn

ODKF is a public nonprofit foundation whose mission is to financially support the development of individuals and organizations that perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku.

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