Brian Keaulana set to join Waterman Hall of Fame 8/23/12

HAWAI‘I WATERMAN HALL OF FAME TO HONOR FOUR OCEAN SPORTS LEGENDS & ROYAL SURFING ALI‘I — AUGUST 23

The legacy of the waterman and all that it represents to Hawai‘i’s ocean sports community will be celebrated with the honoring of four renowned kama‘aina by the Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame on Thursday, August 23, 6:00 p.m., at the Outrigger Canoe Club.

One of the 4 2012 honorees is Brian Keaulana – accomplished surfer, waterman, and lifeguard extraordinaire.

The Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame Awards Dinner is presented by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) and Honolulu Star-Advertiser, with Publisher Dennis Francis serving as Honorary Chair. Along with paying tribute to the new Hall of Fame honorees, the evening’s festivities will feature a concert by Henry Kapono and music by Maunalua.

“We are honoring truly remarkable watermen who have meant so much to modern-day ocean sports in Hawai‘i and whose influence is seen in generations of young people throughout our islands,” said Tim Guard, event co-chair and ODKF board member.

Table sponsorships seating eight are available for $3,500, $2,500, and $1,000, with individual seats at $65 each. Net proceeds raised will benefit ODKF’s college scholarships and athletic grants program. Tickets and information are available at http://www.DukeFoundation.org.

The Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame was initiated in 2010 to create a lasting tribute to the Hawaiian Islands’ water sports legacy and honor the achievements of Hawai‘i’s standout watermen and waterwomen. The criteria used to select inductees are:

  • Keiki o ka ‘äina / keiki o ke kai
  • Sustained outstanding contribution to the sport
  • International, national and local accomplishment and recognition

Past Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame honorees are Duke Kahanamoku, Eddie Aikau, Wally Froiseth, Fred Hemmings, Buffalo Keaulana, Rabbit Kekai, Keo Nakama, Nappy Napoleon, Rell Sunn, Peter Cole, Ethel Kukea, Aileen Soule, and Nainoa Thompson.

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. ODKF has awarded college scholarships and athletic grants of approximately $1.8 million to 1,277 Hawai‘i individuals and nonprofit organizations in water sports and volleyball since its formation in 1986, including $130,950 to 60 recipients in 2012. For information, visit http://www.DukeFoundation.org.

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