1989 – Terrence Takahata (Hawaii)

Terrence Takahata was born in 1950 in Hilo, Hawaii. In the early 1960’s.
I started to swim competitively and learned to spear fish diving
weekends with my swim coach. My first taste of competition was in the 1982 Hawaii elimination tournament. The experience of competing against
the elite, including Terry Lentz, Dennis Okada, Franklin Ota, Tom Parker, etc., was inspiring. This got me using Gara fins, wetsuit, weight belt, and speargun. In 1987 I won the North Shore Spearfishers Tournament. In 1989 and 1990 I was a member of the first and second place U.S. Nationals team respectively. I continued to compete in all the regions including Florida, Rhode Island, Missouri, Carmel, Malibu, and Hawaii. I was a member of the 1996 world team that competed in Gijon, Spain. I captained a team from Hawaii at the 2002 Interpac tournament in Bora Bora, Tahiti. In 2006 I captained the U.S. team at the world meet in Portugal. When I am spearfishing I have no problems. From 1987 through 2013 I have also been an officer of Alii Holo Kai dive club. We have hosted dive meets throughout each year to promote safe spearfishing sportsmanship, conservation, and education.
I will always cherish the competition, the camaraderie, the friendships, the different conditions and customs of the people of all the places I have met and visited.

Representing the spearfishing community in the Rocky Mountain Region since 2008