Duke Kahanamoku – Honolulu, Oahu
Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku was a competition swimmer who was also known as an actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing. Kahanamoku was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming. He participated in the Summmer Olympics of 1912, 1920, 1924 and 1932.
Pua Kealoha – Waialua, Oahu
Pua Kele Kealoha was a competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. Kealoha represented the United States at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Belgium as a 17-year-old. He won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay with teammates Perry McGillivray, Norman Ross and Duke Kahanamoku. The U.S. relay team set a new world record of 10:04.4 in the event final. Individually, Kealoha also received a silver medal for his second-place performance in the men’s 100-meter freestyle.
Samuel Kahanamoku – Honolulu, Oahu
Samuel Alapai Kahanamoku was a competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, where he won a bronze medal in the men’s 100-meter freestyle event. He is the younger brother of Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku.
Harold Sakata – Holualoa, Hawaii
Toshiyuki “Harold” Sakata, was an Olympic weightlifter, professional wrestler, and film actor. He won a silver medal for the United States at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London in weightlifting. He was also an actor, with his most famous role as the villain Oddjob in the James Bond film Goldfinger.
Natasha Kai – Kahuku, Oahu
Natasha Kanani Janine Kai is a professional soccer forward and Olympic gold medalist. She previously played for Sky Blue FC and the Philadelphia Independence of Women’s Professional Soccer as well as the United States women’s national soccer team. In 2011, Kai was also part of the first US women’s rugby union sevens team to play in the IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup held in Dubai.
Yoshi Oyakawa – Kailua, Oahu
Yoshinobu Oyakawa is a former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. He represented the United States at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, where he won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke event. Oyakawa is considered to be the last of the great “straight-arm-pull” backstrokers. He was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1973.
Warren Kealoha – Honolulu, Oahu
Warren Kealoha was a competition swimmer who was twice an Olympic gold medalist and a world record-holder. Kealoha won the 100-meter backstroke event at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics. During his career, Kealoha set four world records, first at the 1920 Olympics and last in Honolulu in 1926. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an “Honor Swimmer” in 1968.
Robyn Ah Mow-Santos – Honolulu, Oahu
Robyn Mokihana Ah Mow-Santos is an indoor volleyball player, a setter on the USA national team and played at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2004 Athens Olympics, and also played at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, helping Team USA to a silver medal. She now works as an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Team.
Kevin Wong – Honolulu, Oahu
Kevin Kahn Wong is a 6’7″ professional beach volleyball player who competed in the AVP tour. In 2000, he placed fifth paired with Rob Heidger at the Sydney Olympics. Wong was named to People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” issue in 2000. Wong graduated from Punahou School and attended UCLA, where he helped the Bruins win the 1993 and 1995 NCAA Championships and was a three-time All-American.
Clay Stanley – Honolulu, Oahu
Clayton “Clay” Iona Stanley is a volleyball player. Stanley has been on the U.S. men’s national team since 2000 and has made three Olympic appearances, in 2004, 2008, and 2012. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, after guiding his team to the gold medal.
Brian Viloria – Waipahu, Oahu
Brian Viloria is a Filipino from Hawaii professional boxer. He was a former WBO and WBA Flyweight champion. He also won the WBC Light Flyweight and IBF Junior Flyweight titles. Viloria represented the United States at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. His nickname “The Hawaiian Punch” was first given to him by Jesus Salud, another former world champion in boxing.
Christel Simms – Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Christel Simms was a college swimmer who attended the University of Southern California. She represented the Republic of the Philippines at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in the sport of swimming for the 100-meter freestyle event. Simms has broken 54 individual Hawaii records since she was 9 years old. Simms became a member of the USA National Junior Swimming Team in 2007.
Clarissa Chun – Honolulu, Oahu
Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun is an Olympic Women’s freestyle 48 kg wrestler. She is the first woman wrestler from Hawaii to win a medal at the Olympics.