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Taps: Mark Sandvold Update

September 24, 2018

Well known Hawaii waterman and Olympic kayak contender, Mark Conrad Sandvold, passed away on September 1st at his home in Honolulu after a 6 1/2 year battle with cancer.

Mark was born in Honolulu on January 9, 1966 to Norris and Delores Sandvold. He graduated from Punahou School in 1984 where he was a member of the wrestling and water polo teams. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1990 with a double major in Real Estate Development and Entrepreneurship.

Mark was one of the first kayakers in Honolulu. He paddled his first Molokai race in a kayak when he was only 16, winning the Junior Olympics in New York in 1984. As a member of the U.S. Canoe and Kayak National Team he traveled to the world championships in 1988, and qualified for the Olympic canoe and kayak trials.

Mark returned to Hawaii after college, joined the Hawaii Air National Guard and flew F-1Ss and C-130s. In 1998 he joined Hawaiian Airlines as a pilot.

Outrigger Canoe Club was his claim to eight state championships, seven Oahu championships and 11 Molokai Hoe’s. He was also an avid surfer, paddle boarder, wind surfer, and sailor. Mark shared his love of the ocean and his desire to give back by coaching many Outrigger youth crews. Mark was inducted into the Outrigger Canoe Clubs elite Winged “O” in 2017 for his outstanding athletic achievements.

A devoted family man, Mark is survived by his loving wife Lannette, daughters Kiana, Malia and Eva; his parents, Norris and Delores Sandvold; his brother and best friend Todd, (Julie), and nephews, Noah and Adam.

Celebration of life will be held at the Outrigger Canoe Club, Saturday, September 29, at 8:00 AM.

Earlier Retiree News post About Mark Sandvold

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