When asked to think of famous Hawaiian athletes, I think it’s safe to say we all immediately conjure up images of surfers in our head. But did you know that Hawaii has produced a long list of top athletes in all the major sports? It’s not just water sports we excel in!
In the world of baseball, 1986 was a big year for Honolulu born Ron Darling and Sid Fernandez, two pitchers that played for the World Series winning New York Mets. Sid was the first Hawaiian to play in an All Star game.
Years later, history was made again when Brian Ching, a North Shore native, became the first Hawaiian to be drafted by the MLS. Continuing this trend, B.J. Penn, hailing from Kailua, was the first winner of the World Jui-Jitsu Championships that wasn’t from Brazil.
In terms of wahine, Michelle Wie from Honolulu was both the youngest player to ever play in an LPGA event and the youngest (and fourth ever female) to play in a PGA event.
Michelle Wie to play in LOTTE Championship!