A NIGHT OF FELLOWSHIP
Paying Tribute to the Waterman Who Have Made an Impact on the Sport & the Community
The Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame honors those who have contributed an enormous amount of energy and passion to the ocean. On August 23rd, the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation inducted four Hawaii athletes into the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame who are pioneers and visionaries of our time. Nominated by their peers for their contributions to ocean sports, their commitment to athletics through coaching and program development in addition to tireless service to the community, the 2016 class of inductees truly epitomize Duke’s spirit through their love of the water and through caring for our island community.
2016 INDUCTEES
BRUCE BLANKEFELD | PADDLER & POLYNESIAN VOYAGER
One of the most influential figures in Canoe Paddling and Polynesian Voyaging. A perennial figure on the canoe racing circuit, Blankenfeld was the President of Hui Nalu Canoe Club. Also known as a distinguished PWO(Master) Navigator and Captain of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule‘a.
PAUL STRAUCH, JR. | SURFER
One of the most influential figures in the world of surfing back in the 1960s. Founder of the cheater-five and the first to use bottom turns in large waves, Strauch won numerous surfing titles and was a member of the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku Surf Team.
DIANE STOWELL | SWIMMER
The two-time All American Swimmer at UCLA went on to claim more than 100 National and International titles in swimming. Stowell was also a dedicated volunteer in her community, serving on numerous charitable Boards and serving as a counselor in the Hawaii prison system.
SHARRON WEBER | SURFER
Two-time World Surfing Champion and member of the Surfing Walk of Fame, Weber is also known today as a leader in her community. Weber was recently bestowed with the prestigious Kauai Living Treasures Award, given for her lifetime commitment and kokua to her community.
PAST INDUCTEES | 2015

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