Maui’s Special Olympians

Maui’s Special Olympians

In the 1940s and ‘50s, Soichi Sakamoto turned Hawai’i swimmers into world-class Olympians. The legendary coach pioneered new swimming techniques, beginning in a Pu’unene irrigation ditch where he trained freestyle Gold medalist William Smith. Today, the pool at Wailuku’s War Memorial Complex bears his name.

Sumiko Inaba: The Lady Samurai

Sumiko Inaba: The Lady Samurai

Sumiko Inaba stands 5’4” and weighs in at 125 pounds. She’s soft spoken and humble. But the mixed martial arts fighter known as “Lady Samurai” transforms into a fierce warrior inside the cage.