Emerick K. Ishikawa has been a weightlifter his entire adult life. He reached his prime early in his career by setting a world record in the Bantamweight Class in 1944 at the U.S. National Weightlifting Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee before a stunned crowd. He went on to become a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in London.

While he did not earn a medal, he lured many of Hawai’i’s future record breakers to train and live in Hawai’i. He was inducted into the National Weightlifting Hall of Fame in Los Angeles in

He still trains and inspires youngsters in weightlifting at the Nu’uanu YMCA.

BORN 1920

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