Hawai’i Drops from #1 to #8 on Well-Being List


The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is out and Hawai’i has lost its number one ranking on the list.

North Dakota skyrocketed from #19 to the number one spot in the rankings, which examined Americans’ views on “physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter and healthcare.”

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For these Special Olympians, winning takes on a whole new meaning

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with special mental and physical limitations.

Special Olympics believes that consistent training is essential to the development of sport skills. In addition, competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth. Through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. Families are also strengthened; and the community at large, can participate in and observe an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.

Special Olympics believes that every person with intellectual disabilities who is at least eight years old should have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from sports training and competition. Special Olympics also permits individual programs to accept children from ages six to seven for training, but these children may not participate in Special Olympics competition.

Learn more about Special Olympics Hawaii.

Olympians from Hawai’i: Buster Crabbe

Clarence “Buster” Crabbe is best known for playing Tarzan, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon and Captain Gallant in the 1930s and 1940s. Few remember that he grew up in Honolulu and learned to swim by diving for tourists’ coins. He also played polo for the Honolulu Military Academy and graduated from Punahou High School in 1927.

Crabbe won a bronze medal in the 1928 Olympics in the 1500-meter free-style swimming event and a gold medal at the 1932 Olympics in the 400-meter free-style. He held six world records at one time.

Source: http://www.hawaiisportshalloffame.com/cms/index.php?page=crabbe-clarence

Olympians from Hawai’i: Duke Kahanamoku

Many consider the legendary Duke Kahanamoku as Hawai’i’s greatest athlete. Duke first made his mark as the world’s fastest swimmer and an Olympic champion, winning six medals, including three gold medals, between 1912-1932. He is also widely recognized as "the Father of International Surfing," having spread the gospel to surfers worldwide. Later in life, Duke’s charisma and warmth led him to being named Hawai’i’s official Ambassador of Aloha.

Learn how one organization is keeping Duke’s spirit alive:

Olympians from Hawai’i: Kevin Asano

Kevin Asano won the Silver Medal in Extra Lightweight Judo Competition at the 1988 Olympics. On his way to capturing the medal he beat Shinji Hosokawa who was the current World Champion and 1984 Gold Medalist. Asano came close to winning the Gold Medal, but lost it on a one-point penalty to Jae-Yup Kim of Korea. Asano grew up in Mililani graduated from Pearl City High School in Hawai‘i in 1981 and went on to study at San Jose University where he graduated in 1990 in Accounting.

Learn more about Kevin.