Kelly Key '79 named Hawai’i Waterman Hall of Fame Inductee

Gotaro Oshitari '06
Congratulations to ocean athlete, Kelly Fey ’79, on her recent induction to the prestigious “Hawai’i Waterman Hall of Fame.” An award that honors kamaʻāina who perpetuates the spirit of Duke Kahanamoku, Fey truly epitomizes the essence of a Hawaiian Waterwoman.
“Kelly Fey has won multiple solo-craft Molokai Channel World Championships in both the Kayak and OC-1. In fact, she has won six Molokai-to-Oahu kayak crossings and two on a one-person outrigger canoe. Fey was also a member of twelve Nā Wāhine O Ke Kai team titles; eight as a vital crew member and four as the coach of the vaunted Team Bradley. She has coached both kayaking and canoe paddling at Kamehameha Schools, mentors and coaches at her home canoe club of Hui Nalu, all the while organizing and training the top team in the sport of women’s paddling, Team Bradley, which continues to set the bar across the Kaiwi Channel, continuously breaking and setting their own record finish times.

Fey’s focused energy and ability to galvanize others to achieve important community contributions helped realize the Kaiwi Coast Run & Walk, a fundraiser now in its eighth year. An idea she pitched to her canoe club and helped bring to fruition with others, the event draws the community together to enjoy a morning run/walk of the Kaiwi Coast and raise funds for important community and environmental initiatives.” – Duke Foundation

Fun Fact: 🏀 Fey was a member of Maryknoll’s first Girl’s Varsity Basketball state championship team under Coach Russell Dung ’70!

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