COLONEL CURTIS PI’EHU IAUKEA TROPHY
First Foreign Boat Corrected Time Trophy
 
In June 2011 the Club acquired this new trophy. The Transpac Trophy is dedicated to the memory of the man that wrote the first invitation for Transpac for King David Kalakaua.
 
In 1886, as Private Secretary to King Kalakaua, Colonel Curtis P. Iaukea wrote what is acknowledged as the original invitation to sail in an ocean race from San Francisco to Honolulu. The race was to be held in conjunction with the Kings 50th birthday, which offered prizes and a residence for the officers and guest of the participating yachts. Because of the extreme distances involved, the proposed race did not materialized until 1906. It did however, set the Idea in the minds of the West Coast Yachtsmen and would be just a matter of time before the King’s vision would become the Transpacific Yacht Race.
 
Iaukea served as chief diplomat for the Kingdom of Hawaii during the reigns of both King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani. In 1878 he was made Colonel of King Kalakaua’s Personal Staff by which he was addressed throughout his years. His final position was for the territorial government in 1917, when President Woodrow Wilson appointed him Secretary of Hawaii.
 
As Chamberlain and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs under Kalakaua, Colonel Iaukea was the most traveled member of the Hawaiian Administration. Having traveled the world from the shores of Honolulu to the far lands of St. Petersburg, Spain, England, Germany, France, and Japan, it is only appropriate that his trophy be offered to foreign contestants.
 
 
 
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