Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame Class of 2013UPDATED 12:01 AM HST Aug 23, 2013Video Transcript
KITV4's Brenton Awa tells us about the newest Five inductees into the Hawaii Waterman Hall-of-Fame. There's many different ways to describe a waterman. But a true definition of one is easier seen in plain site. These three -- along with two others were honored at the Outrigger Canoe Club. It's extra special for China Uemura who played on these grounds as a kid. China Uemura 1110 "I STILL CANNOT BELIEVE I GOT INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME AND UM..." 1321 - 1332 "YOU CANNOT EXPLAIN THE FEELING. I'M SO HAPPY AND I'M HAPPY FOR MY FAMILY AND EVERYBODY THAT WENT GUIDE ME TO THE RIGHT ROAD." Uemura's an expert longboarder... But his greatest achievement may be his charitable work. Putting together more than 100 fundraisers for Hawaii non- profits. Linda Kaiser -- is the only female inductee this year. She's known as a champion paddler. But is also the first person -- and only woman to swim all nine Hawai'i ocean channels from 1989-to-2005. Linda Kaiser 913 - 920 "I JUST, I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M GOING TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE AS THESE PEOPLE, IT JUST TAKES MY BREATH AWAY." 935 - 940 "JUST BEING A WOMAN AND BEING INDUCTED INTO THE WATERMAN HALL OF FAME, THAT'S AMAZING." Steve Borowski coached Punahous swim teams to 13- straight state titles. In 2001 -- He started the Kealakehe high school swim team. And won a state title there as well. His idol -- Duke Kahanamoku. Steve Borowski 757 - 805 "ASIDE FROM HIM, THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE HALL ARE PHENOMINAL SO TO BE RECOGNIZED WITH THESE PEOPLE IS JUST INCREDIBLE." Bill smith was from Maui. He won two gold medals at the 1948 London Olympics. and was also a water safety director for the city and county of honolulu. Establishing lifeguards on Oahu's beaches island wide. And perhaps the greatest steersman all-time... Tommy Carter -- who won the molokai hoe 11 times and in 1986 steered all 41 miles by himself. Both Smith and Carter have passed but their legends will live on. with the rest of the Hawai'i watermen. The criteria used to select inductees are... Keiki o ka aina and keiki o ke kai -- being a child of the land and of the sea. Or being someone that makes an outstanding contribution to a water-sport. Or having international -- national -- and local accomplishments. To find out how to nominate someone -- you can log onto our website.