ADVENTURE TEAM MANAGERDominic “Ikaika” Kanuha comes from a long line of Hawai’ians with a love of paddling, surfing, diving, and fishing. Born and raised in Kailua-Kona, the ocean and Hualalai Mountain were Ikaika’s playground. It is his obligation and passion to share his knowledge of the ocean, Hawai’i’s history, and culture. Ikaika credits his skill as a paddler to his grandfather, who founded the Kai ‘Opua canoe club. An accomplished waterman, he is certified as a county lifeguard, first responder, and PADI master scuba diver. Ikaika’s goal at Kohanaiki is to rekindle the bond of families, challenge athletes, and help create memories that last a lifetime.
SUPERVISOR/BEACH CAPTAINHawai`i native Gregory “Bonga” Perkins was seemingly born to surf. Known as a power-surfer and big-wave rider, Bonga is a two-time ASP World Longboard Champion, ranked first in the world in 1996 and 2008, and finds himself at home at premier breaks like Hale`iwa and Pipeline. As the regular foot stylist, Bonga continues to rank among surfing’s longboard elite and guides Kohanaiki’s members, from beginner to expert, on the many nearby surf spots, including Pine Trees, located at Kohanaiki.
K-KIDS PROGRAM MANAGER
Born and raised on the island of Moloka‘i, Mele McPherson brings to Kohanaiki an innate respect and affection for her Hawaiian culture, nature, and, chiefly, the ocean. An avid outdoor adventurer, Mele prefers to spend her time in the water—surfing, paddling, fishing, and diving. While on land, her favorite sports are hiking, skateboarding, and snowboarding. Fluent in the Hawaiian Language, Mele’s goal is to impart an appreciation for the best of Hawai‘i’s past and present through education and adventure.
A-TEAM ASSISTANT MANAGERPaulo Costa, a former pro surfer and native of Recife, Brazil, has always had a natural affinity for the ocean. His passion for catching big waves brought him to the North Shore of O‘ahu in 1997, where he started his own surf school. As a certified and licensed marine captain, Paulo has sailed extensively between the Hawaiian Islands and three oceans. Paulo now lives on Hawai‘i’s Big Island, happily raising his family and being a part of the Kohanaiki Adventure Team, where he can share his passion for the outdoors.