Pua Kealoha

Pua Kele Kealoha (November 14, 1902 – August 29, 1989) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. He was not related to Olympic swimming champion Warren Kealoha.[1]

Pua Kealoha
Passport photo of Kealoha from 1920
Personal information
Full namePua Kele Kealoha
National team United States
Born(1902-11-14)November 14, 1902
Waialua, Hawaii
DiedAugust 29, 1989(1989-08-29) (aged 86)
San Francisco, California
ClubHui Makami Club

Kealoha represented the United States at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium as a 17-year-old.[2] He won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay with teammates Perry McGillivray, Norman Ross and Duke Kahanamoku.[2][3] The U.S. relay team set a new world record of 10:04.4 in the event final.[2] Individually, Kealoha also received a silver medal for his second-place performance in the men's 100-meter freestyle and finished with a time of 1:02.6.[2][4]

According to a member of the Kahanamoku family who knew him, Kealoha was the only person to swim unassisted from Molokai to Oahu. He had previously tried to swim from Oahu to Molokai but failed due to the headwind, current, and waves.

See also


  1. Sports-Reference, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Warren Kealoha. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  2. Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Pua Kele Kealoha. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  3. Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  4. Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games, Men's 100 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved November 30, 2012.

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