(Born July 7,1928)
Peter Fithian was the founder of the Kona Billfish Tournament
which, since 1959, has served to identify Kona on the Island of
Hawai'i as the big game fishing capital of the world. Fithian
served as the Chairman of the Tournament for the next 39 years
following its debut.
Fithian began his relationship with Hawai'i in 1948 while assigned
duty on a U.S. Navy Cruiser. After studying Hotel Management
at Cornell University he returned to the islands to manage the
Kona Inn Hotel. It was there that he turned a love for sport
fishing and Hawai'i tourism into the internationally renowned
Kona Billfish Tournament.
Fithian's desire to promote tourism in Hawai'i continued to grow.
After founding the tournament he went on to manage the Hilton
Hawaiian Village Hotel on Oahu and eventually became chairman of
the Hawai'i Visitors Bureau.
Historical Timeline: 1959, Alaska and Hawai'i become the 49th and 50th States.
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