Johnny Puakea’s name is synonymous to performance coaching, having worked with elite paddlers in the US National Kayak Team at various Olympic training centers and with top crews in Hawaii and US.*
As an exceptional technical coach, John has helped push world-class paddlers to the next level in international competition.
His ability to improve the performance of already-elite paddlers also led Team Bradley to consecutive first-place finishes in the Molokai-to-Oahu Na Wahine O Ke Kai, and the fastest crossing time by any women’s team in the history of the race.
Johnny has also coached top OC1 paddlers like Jimmy Austin, Danny Ching and Lauren Spalding.
Corrina Gage (Waka Coach) has had great success coaching paddlers and teams to National and international success, not just with Elite teams and paddlers, but starting with the most unlikely of athletes, building their fitness, mindset and teaching technical and tikanga aspects of Waka Ama to be competitive at the highest level.
New Zealand Women’s Coach for the 2019 World Long Distance Champs. NZ women medalled in every age group
Coach of numerous winning crews/individuals at World Sprint Championships
Coach of numerous winning crews/individuals at NZ National Sprint and Distance Championships
Previously coached regatta and distance for Kailua Canoe Club, Hawaii
Paddler/Coach with winning MW40 crew in the 2018 Na Wahine o ke Kai (Molokai’i to Oahu) race
Kimokeo has been well-known throughout Hawai‘i, especially on Maui, for his tireless efforts to preserve and perpetuate his Hawaiian culture and the land and sea.
His accomplishments are vast, spanning from being heavily involved in Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling and voyaging, to the preservation of Native Hawaiian forests, to the revitalization of an ancient Hawaiian fishpond to educating thousands of youth about the Hawaiian culture and its practices. Join us in supporting the KIMOKEO FOUNDATION with its vision of a lasting legacy of preserving and perpetuating native Hawaiian culture, language, people and environment.
Uncle Kimokeao is a great paddlers and steer, and will impart his steering knowledge at his clinics.