Kenneth Pratt was elected to Life Membership in the Outrigger Canoe Club on February 20, 1989 at the Club’s Annual Meeting. Ken joined the Club in 1924 and was fully involved in Outrigger’s canoeing, swimming and volleyball programs. He rejoined the Club after World War II in 1948, and began serving on Club committees.
Olympian Buster Crabbe taught Ken to steer a canoe and he was in charge of the surfboard water polo events held in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in the 20s and 30s. He spent his free time sanding and varnishing the Club’s canoes. He served on the Canoe Committee and was in charge of selling and donating some of the Club’s excess koa canoes. Some ended up with other canoe clubs and some decorating hotel bars.
In the 50s when he was chair of the Canoe Surfing Committee, he arranged for the state to remove some of the coral heads in front of the Halekulani Hotel at Popular surf so canoes and surfers would be safe.
Ken joined the Historical Committee in 1977. In 1978 he took over the Oral History Program and conducted interviews with nine long-time members.
Canoe Racing Committee
Men’s Entertainment Committee
Canoe Surfing Committee
1948 1st, Men Open 6
1950 1st, 4-Man