Our History And Philosophy

Hawaii Swimming Club (HSC) was founded by "Coach" Soichi Sakamoto in 1945 with the purpose of promoting and developing swimming for the benefit of Hawaii's youth. "Coach" Sakamoto's exploits are well known and he is perhaps best remembered for his development of Olympic swimmers using the cane field ditch in Puunene as his training pool.

Hawaii Swimming Club's mission is to continue the timeless tradition established by "Coach" Sakamoto for the benefit of our youth. Our coaches fully embrace his philosophy that age group swimming is for the development of competitive athletes - yes, but perhaps more important, swimming is a means of teaching our children life values.

Our desire is to establish an environment where coaches, parents and children can share in a commitment, discipline, hard work, respect for others and showing our gratitude. Swimming is important but the love of God, family and education are all higher in priority. Oh yes, having FUN is important too.