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70th Annual Keo Nakama Swimming Inv

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     Hawaii Swimming Club is honoring Hawaii's Great Swimmer, Keo Nakama !  
     From Maui's irrigation ditch to the 3 Year Swim Club, coached by Coach Soichi Sakamoto, Keo Nakama brought swimming prominence back to Hawaii - after the Golden Age of Duke Kahanamoku.
     In 1946, Hawaii Swimming Club hosted the first Keo Nakama invitational, held at Waikiki's Natatorium.
     Ohio Buckeye, he helped Ohio State win National Championships. Captained the Buckeye Baseball team, went on to win the College Baseball Championships.
     Please help Hawaii Swimming Club host one of the longest running swimming invitational, in the nation, July 6,- 8th, 2018.  
     In advance, from Hawaii Swimming Club, Thank you!
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Keo Nakama--in whose honor the HSC annually holds its annual invitational---was a young boy from a small town called Pu`u`nene on the island of Maui, the son of field laborers on Hawaii’s sugar plantation. During his early teens, Keo’s parents and his sixth-grade science teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, sought to better Keo’s life by introducing him to the sport of swimming. Competitive age-group swimming was the means by which Keo---and hundreds of other children of the famed Three-Year Swim Club---rose up and out of the conditions into which they were born---becoming not only national and world champions but college graduates with distinguished careers in education and government both in Hawaii and on the Mainland.

Among the things that motivated children like Keo was that, if they won or placed in a swim meet, they would be able to bring home a medal or trophy, and in his lifetime, Keo Nakama brought home many, including 13 NCAA and AAU national titles, 27 National championship and The first of these was the trophy in this picture, which Keo won by beating Olympian Ralph Gilman in a stunning race in the Waikiki Natatorium in 1937. The trophies Keo became symbols not only of Keo’s success in the pool; they were the affirmation of his and his coach’s dream, and they served not only to motivate him but all of the children on Maui to swim against the current of their circumstance and make a mark in the larger world.

The HSC, an offshoot of the 3YSC, is seeking your kokua to help us raise funds to purchase trophies for the Keo Nakama swim meet—not just for the top winners in each category but for those children who show particular resilience and motivation in rising to the top, underdogs whose true effort is important to acknowledge and cultivate. Mahalo you for your donation that will go toward making hardworking swimmers the best they can be. And come on out to the invitational on (date).


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Julie Checkoway
70th Annual Keo Nakama Invitational
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$100
Pau Hana Swim Team PHST
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JC
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Julie Checkoway
7 months ago
$50
Ana Koyanagi
8 months ago
MJ
$25
Mary Johnson
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Carol Wear
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