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Pair inducted into Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame

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Lenore Muraoka Rittenhouse Lenore Muraoka Rittenhouse
Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana made waves as a surfing pioneer in the 1960's, Lenore Muraoka Rittenhouse was an inspiration during the 1980's, Tuesday night both were introduced as the 2010 Class of the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.

Keaulana and Rittenhouse are the 109th and 110th members to be inducted into the hall.

In 1960, Buffalo won the Makaha International Surf Championship and quickly gained a reputation as a skilled waterman. He also served as a City and County life guard, saving countless lives. In 2005 he was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame.

Rittenhouse won the 1983 United Virginia Bank Golf Classic in Richmond, Virginia, it was her only LPGA vic tory. A Roosevelt High School Graduate, Rittenhouse was offered a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Hawaii.

A severe ankle injury sidelined that dream so the recreational golfer turned to the links. After lettering for the UH golf team in 1978, Rittenhouse joined the LPGA tour in 1980.