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Forrest Nelson Swam From Oahu to Molokai
March 15, 2006

Information about Forrest Nelson's history swim between the Hawaiian islands of Oahu to Molokai and a chronology of other swimmers who have crossed the Kaiwi Channel.

On March 15, 2006, 40 year old radio show writer Forrest Nelson of Los Angeles became the seventh athlete to successfully swim cross the Kaiwi Channel, and only the second athlete in history to swim across the channel in the Oahu-to-Molokai direction.

Difficulties encountered during the swim inlcluded several hours of nausea, two difficult currents, and swimming through a line of trash that caused some concern about being attacked by sharks.

Forrest Nelson completed the 27 mile swim in 16 hours and 36 minutes. He began his swim at Sandy Beach on the south shore of Oahu at 12:20 a.m. and he arrived at Kawakiu Beach on the island of Molokai at 4:56 p.m. that same day.

Forrest Nelson is an experienced long distance swimmer, including swimming across the English Channel. In May of 2006 he plans to swim around Alcatraz Island in Northern California and in September of 2006 he plans to return to Hawaii to swim the Kawai channel again in the Molokai-to-Oahu direction.

The only other swimmer to cross in that same direction was Dr. Harry Huffaker, who swam from Molokai to Oahu 1967. Dr Huffaker is also the only swimmer to cross that channel in both directions. He crossed from Oahu to Molokai in 1972.

Other Swimmers Who Crossed the Kaiwi Channel

Kaiwi Channel Swimmers - Molokai to Oahu
  • 1961 - Keo Nakama (first certified crossing)
  • 1967 - Harry Huffaker (first to swim both directions)
  • 1974 - Jonathan Ezer
  • 1979 - Mike Miller and Ian Emberson
  • 1994 - Robin Isayama (first woman to cross)

    Kaiwi Channel Swimmers - Oahu to Molokai
  • 1972 - Harry Huffaker (first to swim both directions)
  • 2006 - Forrest Nelson

    Related Resources

    More on the Web About Forrest Nelson:
  • 2006: Honolulu Advertiser March 24, 2006 Article
  • 2005: Forrest Nelson 1st at 2005 Tampa Bay Marathon Swim
  • 2005: Forrest Nelson's 40th Birthday English Channel Swim (article?)
  • 2005: MIT August 3, 2005 Article
  • 2002: Pismo Beach to Avila Pier Swim

    See also:
  • Rules for Hawaiian Channel Swims
  • More About Swimming in Hawaii



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