April 30, 2014 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Pacific Beach Hotel
Linda Collard, Executive Director

My name is Linda Kaiser. I am 61 years of age. Born and raised inHawaii, I am the only
woman to have swum all 9 channels between the Hawaiian Islands. I am also 1 of only 2 people to have accomplished this. I was inducted into the Hawaii Swimming Hall
Of Fame in 2008. My first channel was done in 1989 and the last was done in 2010. Life sort of got in the way. And time passed. The rules of Hawaii channel swimmers are pretty simple. Start on land, finish on land. Don’t touch anything in between. The channel distances vary from 7 miles to 32 and the longest is 72 miles. The longer channels are done mostly at night. The winds are calmer then. But it is very, very dark. Lock yourself in a closet with a bag over your head to get an idea of what I experience. You do not see anything but the phosphorescence lit up by the swimmers movement. I get to be alone with my thoughts during my swims. But my thoughts need to be of something other than
what I am doing. I write long letters to friends, do long math problems in my head. I think of anything but what I’m doing. No cell phone, no internet. Just me in the here and now