Sharing memories of Les

April 21st, 2009

Beautiful ceremony in remembrance of Les Keiter this morning at Outrigger Canoe Club. One after another, Hawaii sportscasting luminaries and others spoke of how Les so generously gave of himself to help the future generations of his profession. The speeches were all personal but with a common thread: Les was a giant in his field, but also a huge hearted friend to all he met and mentor to all he worked with.

Among the many Hawaii sports legends in attendance: Skippa Diaz, Merv Lopes, Tommy Kono, Bob Nash.

Les was a friend to me, but I keep learning new things about him. I didn’t know he liked to play volleyball until Jim Leahey mentioned it today.

 –Dave Reardon

7 Responses to “Sharing memories of Les”

  1. Dennis Wong:

    I used to go to Hawaii Islanders baseball games every weekend,
    but on school nights, I listened to Les Keiter with my transistor
    radio under my pillow. As a kid, I had no idea he did recreation
    for the away games. No wonder those games were always
    shorter than the home games.

  2. Joe:

    It would be nice to read more about it.

  3. dreardon:

    This blog’s intent is to provide short items, hence the name … the full story is in today’s print edition. You can also find it online at:

  4. cindy Luis:

    I wish I could have written more today. The challenge was to condense it into the space I had. Perhaps Dave we should suggest our reporters could do extended versions, I have so many great stories from yesterday.

  5. cindy Luis:

    here are a few links to obits nationally

  6. cindy Luis:

    and a column I wrote for their 50th wedding anniversary

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