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The 2013 inductees are two exceptional individuals. 
Kahiau: A Tennis Foundation is honored to induct SAM CALDWELL, for the SERVICE award and JANE HIROTA PANG, for the PLAYER award into 2013 USTA Hawaii Pacific Section Tennis Hall of Fame.


2013-Annual-Awards-Poster-SAM-FINALSam Caldwell – 2013 Service Award

Sam Caldwell is Hawaii-born, raised in Wahiawa and Lanai City.

He and his wife, Cathy, took up tennis when the rink where they used to roller skate closed, a few years before the Open Era of Tennis. Sam began his tennis volunteer career in the mid-1960s when his two daughters, Linden and Kristen, began to play competitively. A social player himself, he saw the need for some additional organization and oversight to bring further structure to the tennis community – so he volunteered to help.

Sam and Cathy first took their daughters to California to compete in the summer of 1972. Traveling around Northern California, Sam picked up additional tips watching how their large tournaments were run and brought these techniques back to Hawaii for implementation. Sam and Cathy were weekend players, first at Kanewai Community Park near the University of Hawaii and later at Punahou School. The family spent most of their free time at the tennis courts from the late 60s through the late 70s.

He worked for tennis in Hawaii when “shorts were short” and T-shirts had collars. From the early days at the McKinley High School gym with Roscoe Tanner and Billie Jean King, to the stadium at Royal Lahaina Hotel with Jimmy Connors and John Newcombe, Sam was there officiating. He remembers the “streaker” at the Hawaii Leis’ World Team Tennis match at Blaisdell Center and how Leis team member Ross Case was stopped at the door by security, insisting that he be let inside as “one of the ply-ers - Caise, Ross Caise” in his Aussie accent.

Sam was president of Punahou Tennis Club for 40 years and president of the Hawaii Pacific Tennis Association (HPTA) and the Hawaii Lawn Tennis Association (HLTA).

He was a fixture at local tournaments, assisting with draws, helping at the scheduling desk, and serving as tournament director or tournament referee. He helped develop the Hawaii Tennis Umpires Association that trained and supplied umpires for local and national tournament events. His volunteerism culminated with his serving as Hawaii Pacific Sectional Delegate for four years in the mid-90s. Additionally, Sam served as a board member and active fundraiser for the Hawaii Pacific Tennis Foundation for many years.

Now retired from the tennis scene, he’s still recognized by generations of local players (with names such as Osborne, Somerville, Beamer, Tom, and Gusman) as their “Uncle Sam.”

2013-Annual-Awards-Poster-JANE-FINALJane Hirota Pang – 2013 Player Award

Jane Hirota was raised in a quiet country town on Kauai and by the age eleven won her first tennis tournament on Kauai.  There were very few tennis players for her to play with and her tennis buddies were the men on the Lihue Plantation tennis team.  Although she was not able to travel much for tennis tournaments, Jane was considered one of the top girls in the state.  Jane contributed to the big upset of Kauai High School’s team defeating powerhouse Punahou to win the State High School Team Title in 1958.

Jane played tennis for three years for the National College of Education in Evanston, Illinois and was the only player on the team!  She competed in singles at the Intercollegiate Mid West Tournament by taking third place twice and first place once after beating the player from Northwestern University.

Jane has participated in many USTA league teams and many times she has competed with her teams at Nationals.

Since the age of 60, Jane has been playing in Open National age group tournaments.  She has achieved success in both women’s and mixed doubles and has won three gold balls, twelve silver balls, and eleven bronze balls, mostly in doubles.  She has won a ball at all four of the last level one national tournaments:  Grass–bronze, Indoor-silver, Hard Court-bronze, Grass-silver.
2012 Fiesta Bowl – Scottsdale Arizona, Mixed Doubles (with Richard Klein); First Place
2013 Senior Olympics – Cleveland Ohio, Mixed Doubles 70 (partner William Eby); Silver Medal and Women’s Doubles 70 (partner Lurline Fujii); Gold Medal
2013 National Indoors - Women’s Doubles 70 (partner Lurline Fujii), Gold Medal
Nationally ranked #1 in Women’s 65 Individual Doubles 2010
Nationally ranked #1 in Women’s 70 individual Doubles 2011
Nationally ranked #1 in Women’s 70 Team Doubles (with Sheila Weinstock) 2012

In 2010 Jane Hirota Pang was honored by her peers at the National Clay Court Championships with the Betty Gray Washington Sportsmanship Award.

Jane Hirota Pang has achieved great success in tennis at the National Level and is supported by her family, husband Franklin and children Lisa and Mark.