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Each category requires that person be of good moral character, has participated in the sport for a long enough time to have developed a full resume of accomplishments, is a contributing member of his community, and was born in Hawaii or lived here for at least 5 years.

Masters Swimming

This category is for organized pool swimming, sanctioned by United States Masters Swimming Association. Person must be over 25 years of age to qualify for Masters Swimming. Events are of various lengths in meters or yards: 50, 100, 200, 400, etc.; in various swim-stroke categories: freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, combination (medley); and solo and relay teams. Events competed in that count toward induction are: World and National Masters Championships. Accomplishments that are recognized are: World and National record holder, membership in All-American Teams, Top Ten National Rankings, membership in International or State Halls of Fame.

Open Water Swimming

This category is for organized ocean and open water swimming, sanctioned nationally by USA Swimming Association, and in Hawaii by various local swim organizations. Swim races are either loop courses (start/finish at same place, course out and back) or point-to-point, and over one-mile in distance. Any swim stroke can be used, but freestyle is most commonly used because it is the fastest. Most Hawaii organizations allow swim suit, goggles, and often a snorkel, but no wet suit or fins. Events competed in that count toward induction are: major Hawaiian ocean swim races greater than 1.25 mile in distance, major national and international ocean or open water swim races. Open water swim racing became an Olympic sport in 2008, so Olympic games participation is also recognized.

Channel Swimming

This category is for organized ocean swimming across a Hawaiian Island channel. Hawaii swim crossings are certified by the Hawaii Channel Swim Association. Any swim stroke can be used, but only swim suit and goggles are allowed. The swimmer must start above the high water mark on the other island, without receiving any flotation or propulsive support during the swim. Events that count toward induction are: One of the 9 major Hawaiian Island Channels, out-of-state ocean channel crossings certified by a major organization, out-of-state lake, river, ocean strait crossings certified by a major organization. At least one of the crossings must be of a Hawaiian Island channel.

Competitive Swimming

This category is for organized pool swimming, sanctioned by USA Swimming Association. Person must be retired minimum 5 years from Olympic competition. Events are of various lengths in meters or yards: 50, 100, 200, 400, etc.; in various swim-stroke categories: freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, combination (medley); and solo and relay teams. Events competed in that count toward induction are: Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Games, International and National Championships, NCAA and Conference National Championships. Accomplishments that are recognized are: World and American record holder, membership in All-American Teams, membership in International or State Halls of Fame.

Water Polo

This Category is for organized pool water polo, sanctioned by USA Water Polo Inc. Person must be retired minimum 5 years from Olympic competition. Events competed in that count toward induction are: Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Games, International and National Championships, NCAA and Conference National Championships. Accomplishments that are recognized are: World and American record holder, membership in All-American Teams, membership in International or State Halls of Fame.

Coaching

This category is for persons that coach competitive athletes in organized swimming, diving, and water polo. The person must have coached for more than 35 years to be considered for induction.

Contributor

This category is for persons that have made significant contributions to the success of the sport of swimming, diving, or water polo. Events and accomplishments that are considered are: race director, swim instructor, volunteer, event official, event promoter. Community activities related to swimming and ocean sports are considered, as is financial contributions made in support of the sport or organizations.

At-Large

This category is for persons with significant achievements in other pool or ocean activities not covered in the above categories. The achievements contributed to the further success or betterment of the activity.


Nomination Process

The following steps is an overview of the induction process. A pdf of the process can be found here.

  1. Applicant or sponsor completes inductee application form which must contain the following mandatory information:
    1. Biography.
    2. Identification of Category applicant is seeking induction.
    3. Length of time resident in Hawaii.
    4. Accomplishments in the induction category.
    5. Current address.

  2. Application is sent to the (Advisor) of the induction category the for evaluation.

  3. After review of the application, the Advisor of the induction category will make a recommendation to the Board, Officers and other Advisors on whether or not the applicant should be inducted.

  4. The Board, Officers and Advisors will review the applicant's application form and consider the recommendation of the Advisor of the appropriate induction category and vote on whether or not to induct the applicant into the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame (HSHOF).

  5. If the applicant is approved for induction, to the HSHOF, the President will send a letter to the applicant informing them of their induction at an upcoming Induction Banquet.

  6. The applicant will be formally inducted into the HSHOF at the Induction Banquet.

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