Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame

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Bill Smith in a Maui irrigation ditch with coach Soichi Sakamoto, both members of the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum. Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Swimming Club
Bill Goding and Michael Miller, inducted in the Class of 2015 in the Channel Swimming Category of the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame

noun - The Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum promotes, preserves, and perpetuates Hawaiian aquatic sports for the future by celebrating the achievements of swimmers, divers, water polo athletes, and by sponsoring aquatic exhibits and performances. Hawai'i Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum is sponsored by the Hawai'i Swimming Legacy Project founded in February 2002.


Its purpose is to inspire and engage all generations in the perpetuation of Hawaii's aquatic athletes, and to provide information about those who preceded. Panel displays picturing and telling the stories of the Hall of Fame honorees are often shown at libraries, schools, hotels and community events. Its ultimate goal is to secure a permanent center where exhibit space can be expanded and where information can be collected and made available to all who seek it.


  • President: Richard Sonny Tanabe
  • Vice President:
  • Secretary: Ms. Sue Nishioka
  • Treasurer: Cory LarRieu
  • Directors: Gary Hosaka, Carl Kawauchi, John D. Nielsen, Richard "Sonny" Tanabe

Advisory Board


The selection of the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame inductees is determined by the Board of Directors together with the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board has the duty to select the most outstanding athletes from various water related activities who meet a predetermined criteria.

Posthumously Inducted

  • Duke Kahanamoku, 1912, 1920, 1924, 1932
  • Bill Harris, 1920
  • J.K. Gilman, 1920
  • George Kane, 1920
  • Fred Kahele, 1920, 1924
  • Paul Kealoha, 1920, 1924
  • Warren Kealoha, 1920, 1924
  • Harold Krueger, 1920
  • Ludy Langer, 1920
  • Helen Moses, 1920
  • George "Dad" Center, 1920
  • Assistant Coach Sam Kahanamoku, 1924
  • Bill Kirschman, 1924
  • Henry Luning, 1924
  • Charles Pung, 1924
  • Mariechen Wehselau, 1924
  • Mrs. Fullard Leo, 1924
  • Clarence Buster Crabbe, 1928, 1932
  • Manuella Kalili, 1932
  • Malolo Kalili, 1932
  • William "Opelu" Pai, 1939
  • Thelma Kalama, 1948
  • Alan Stack, 1938, 1952
  • Jimmy Tanaka, 1940
  • Coach Soichi Sakamoto
  • Coach Charles "Sparky" Kawamoto
  • Coach Yoshito Sagawa
  • Dr. Richard You
  • Jose Balmores
  • Bunmei Nakama
  • Richard Cleveland, 1952
  • "Halo" Takashi Hirose, 1940
  • Aileen Riggin-Soule

Class of 2002

  • Open Water & Channel Swimmers: Keo Nakama, Dr. Harry Huffaker
  • Swimmers: Keo Nakama, Bill Smith, Ford Konno, Fujiko Katsutani, Chieko "Chic" Miyamoto, Bill Woolsey, Lillian "Pokey" Watson, Evelyn Kawamoto
  • Water Polo: Leigh Josephson, Ken Smith
  • Masters swimming: Jim Welch, Dr. Harold Sexton
  • Diving: Keala O'Sullivan
  • Coach: Albert Minn
  • Contributor: Mirian LarRieu

Class of 2003

Class of 2005

Class of 2008

Class of 2012

Class of 2015

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