Duke Kahanamoku, Swimmer
The winner of three gold medals (five total) at the 1912 and '20
Olympics, the Waikiki native was also the father of modern
surfing, helping to introduce the sport around the world. In 1925
he used his surfboard to save eight passengers from a capsized
yacht off California.
Chad Rowan, Sumo wrestler
The 6'8", 515-pound grad of Waimanalo's Kaiser High was the first
American to become a yokozuna (grand champion) in sumo. Wrestling
in Japan under the name Akebono from 1988 to 2001, he won 11
tournaments, the seventh most by a grand champion.
Clarence (Buster) Crabbe, Swimmer
Born in California but raised in Honolulu, Crabbe set 16 world
records. Discovered by talent scouts at the 1932 L.A. Olympics,
where he won the 400-meter freestyle, he became a movie star,
playing such roles as Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Billy the Kid.
Russ Francis, Football player
The three-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Patriots and the 49ers
was born in Washington state but raised in Honolulu. He moved to
Oregon in 12th grade and set the U.S. high school javelin record.
While at the University of Oregon, he was drafted as a pitcher by
Mosi Tatupu, Football player
The running back and special teams stalwart for the Patriots and
the Rams went to the Pro Bowl in 1986. Born in American Samoa but
raised in Honolulu, he set a state career rushing mark in high
school that stood for 17 years.
Herman Wedemeyer, Football player
The versatile Honolulu native put together these stats for
California's St. Mary's College in 1945: 4.2 yards per carry, 18
yards per catch, 1,040 yards passing, nine interceptions, 40.1
yards per punt and 17 extra points kicked. He later played Duke
Lukela on Hawaii Five-O.