1957 U-8 Hawaii Kai III

Owner: Ben Keller
Driver: Jerry Dunlap

Model Builder: Roger Newton

Construction: Carbon Fiber Composite

Year Built: 2004

Motor: Himax 3630-1500 Brushless

Radio: Spektrum DX3r

Electronic Speed Controller: Turnigy Aquastar

Propeller: Octura Brilliant Copper Alloy Custom by Mike Campbell

Paint Colors: Tropical Rose and Coral Mist

Graphics: Thunderboat Graphics by Michael McKnight


Notes about the Model: Built by Craig Mullane in 20014. There were new sponsons built in 2009. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, the Hawaii Kai III was champion in the vintage class. Modeled after the National Gold Cup champion in 1957 and 1958, this boat was driven by Jack Regas. 2015 marks her 12th season racing, but she is still in her prime.


Notes about the Real Boat: Modeled after the National and Gold Cup Champion in 1957 and 1958. The "Pink Lady" Hawaii Kai III was arguably the finest race boat of the 1950s. Owned by Edgar Kaiser and driven by Jack Regas, the Kai epitomized the all-conquering Ted Jones design, which defined the state of the art in Unlimited hydroplane racing.


Notes about 2015: Running a limited schedule in 2015 including the Gold Cup.