Memoir of a Hilo Waterman: The Amazing Life of Hawaii Swimmer, Author & Educator Richard “Sonny” Tanabe | Transmissions from Hawaii 07

by | Sep 7, 2021 | Episodes

Born in 1934, Richard “Sonny” Tanabe Jr. Is a former Olympic swimmer, educator, and author from the Big Island. On this episode of Transmissions from Hawaii, he tells us about his life as a swimmer and a few other things, including the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial.


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Guests & Links

  • Richard “Sonny” Tanabe Jr.

Further Information

To learn more about Richard “Sonny” Tanabe Jr., you can visit the pages below.

Richard Tanabe Jr. has written two books. To learn more about them use the links below.

To learn more about the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial, use the link below.

Here is a video interview Richard “Sonny” Tanabe did.

If you would like to read the article about Sonny that ran in the February-March 2019 issue of Wasabi magazine, please use the link below.



  • Editing and sound design: Tony Vega
  • Transcript: Milabeats.go
  • Transmissions from Hawaii logo: fikrihidajat (Based on concept sketch by Tony Vega)
  • Featured image: Courtesy of Richard Tanabe Jr.

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TFH E07 Memoir of a Hilo Waterman (Richard Sonny Tanabe)



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