Posted by: David D. Daggett | October 6, 2013

Kona Live – 2013!

Kona Live – 2013!

***Click here or on sidebar to go directly to slideshow updated daily***

***Facebook photos here***

Hello from Kailua-Kona and the Big Island of Hawaii! A special welcome to my kids’ classes at Summit School and Reynolds High School, as well as family, Daggett Shuler Team, friends, and Triathletes around the world! Thank you for joining me, and for your support of my family and me.

Mokuaikaua Church

Mokuaikaua Church

I went to Church this morning at Mokuaikaua Church which is the oldest Christian Church in Hawaiian Islands (1820). The steeple in the photo is very prominent from Kailua Bay and is often seen in Ironman TV coverage. They were very welcoming to Ironman competitors. Below is a photo of me with the Pastor.  He called me out by name during the sermon “I know David from North Carolina will thank God when he sees the finish line.”  I joined the congregation for coffee and treats after the service – they have good coffee here!


Earlier I went for a swim on the course in Kailua Bay. The water was clear and the swells were low . . . we’ll see if this lasts. It is like swimming in an aquarium there are so many fish, a beautiful coral reef, and other sea life. Fortunately no jellyfish or sharks.

This place is magical, and this week is as big as it gets in the triathlon world! Athletes are arriving from every Continent and speaking many languages. The locals are ready for us and I’ve felt nothing but full hospitality. The Ironman is the Super Bowl of the sport, and the buzz is already in the air.

The Hawaii Ironman is an interesting dynamic. Sure, it is a race for some. But for most of us it is more of a pilgrimage to participate on the sport’s biggest stage and with the sport’s biggest stars. For me is also the continuation of a journey – a journey of self discovery. I am always anxious to see what I will find!

My plan is to try to update this site daily this week. There is also a link to the slideshow on the right side bar. Several of you have asked about the news coverages and those are linked also. Lastly, here is a link to race day coverage(click on “live Coverage). If there is anything you would particularly like to see, just let me know and I’ll try to get it done.

Again, many thanks for the encouragement – We are looking forward to a great day! “He ‘Olina Leo Ka Ke Aloha” – Hawaiian proverb, which means “Joy is the voice of love.” Let us go forth with love!

***Click here or on sidebar to go directly to slideshow updated daily***


  1. I got slideshow to work…thx.,.,., Love!!., Cdwd

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Best of Luck David….

  3. Thank you for the fantastic pictures from Kona! It was almost like being there. Just wanted to wish you very best of weather, luck and memories in the race. Be safe and be fast!!

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