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O’ahu – Honolulu: Bishop Museum – Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame – Herman Clark
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Herman "Buddy" Clark (1931-1989), a member of the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Class of 1998, played in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears in 1952 and from 1954-1957. In 1955, he was named Sporting News 1st Team All-NFL, and in 1956 he was named ASsociated Press 2nd Team All-NFL. The Honolulu-born Clark was a standout at Punahou School in 1947 and was named All Pac-10 while at Oregon State University. After retiring, he returned to Hawai’i and coached football at Molokai High, Hilo High, Iolani and Punahou schools. As chairman of the Aloha Stadium Authority in 1980, Clark was instrumental in bringing the NFL Pro Bowl to Honolulu on a permanent basis.
The Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame was first established in 1977 in an Executive Order signed by Governor Benjamin Cayetano. In 2003, Governor Linda Lingle signed into law a bill passed by the State Legislature to confirm the permanency of the Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame as a self-sustaining non-profit organization and designated it the "state museum for sports history in the islands." Athletes are nominated in chronological order and/or by decade. The first class was inducted in 1998 and selected from among those who distinguished themselves from 1849 -1959, the historical benchmark prior to Statehood. Every nominee for induction must receive an 80 percent approval rating by the Selection Committee and unanimous approval by the Commission. The Hall of Fame currently maintains displays at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu International Airport, and a flagship exhibition at the Bishop Museum’s Pāki Hall, featuring inductee photographs, profiles and memorabilia.