Hawai'i Sports: History, Facts, and Statistics
Hawai'i Sports: History, Facts, and Statistics is the most comprehensive compilation of statewide sports information published in a single volume. The book covers fifty-nine sports in alphabetical order from adventure racing, a newly introduced sport, to wrestling. The major sports are given coverage at all levels: youth/amateur, college, and professional. Each sport begins with a history of that sport in Hawai'i: when it was introduced, the major events surrounding the sport, and the key figures -- organizers and players -- who contributed to the sport. Interesting facts and records are highlighted to recognize significant persons and events involved in Hawai'i's sporting community. The final section provides detailed statistics since the sport's introduction in Hawai'i as well as the records that stand today.
Hawai'i Sports: History, Facts, and Statistics is an absolute must for every athlete, their family and friends, and every sports fan in the state.
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How can a record of Hawaii Sports overlook the long and rich cultural and competitive history associated with karate and martial arts? Hawaii is one of the birthplaces of today's Mixed Martial Arts which has its roots in Full Contact Martial Arts Competition, circa 1975 - 1977 In Hawaii. The early Japanese and Okinawan immigrants to Hawaii brought with them Japanese style Karate(Shotokan, etc.), Okinawans brought
Okinawan Karate (Goju Ryuu) , Koreans brought Tae Kwan Do, Chinese brought Wing Chun, Shaolin Style fighti
ng, Tai Chi, etc., Filipinos brought Escrima (fighting sticks believed to have first been fashioned from bamboo or sugar cane stalks, etc.).
All of the above nationalities, mostly hired to work the sugar cane and pineapple fields owned by the haole business corporations, brought along their ancient knowledge of various forms of open hand fighting, combat, and weapons systems to their new homes in Hawaii. The transmission of some of the darker arts associated with martial arts almost totally unknown to the West and cthe U.S. at the time. For the most part knowledge related to these fighting arts were kept a closely guarded secret. Non Cinese men were not allowed entry to the temples and dojos where practitionersvof the Chinese fightung
A fantastic compilation of stats. A highlight within these elite records was to see the most inspirational and truely the greatest surf swimmer of all time, Daniel McLellan, still holding the record for the World recognized Waikiki Rough water swim. The record Still stands from 1995 which shows his admirable performance level still outclassing the competition today. This now has been recognized as a ratified official world record, well deserved! McLellan's racing results throughout his career in both surf and open water swimming show his Unbeatable class even against olympians over many years. To make a comeback in 2007, at 33, (after a 7 year absence from competition) and come away with 5 medals at the Surf life saving australian titles, McLellan was praised by the entire sutherland shire and national life saving community for his remarkable success to show his ability still shines and will never be outclassed!