I was born and raised on the island of O’ahu before moving to the mainland to pursue a college education at San Diego State University.
I received a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, where I specialized in Cultural Anthropology and Indigenous issues.
It was my dream to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a teacher and coach at my alma mater, Punahou.
However, my life took a detour when I decided to check out this little gym down the road from the restaurant I was waiting tables at. I never considered myself a fighter— I had never even been in a fight before, much less thrown a punch. I first stepped foot in the gym simply because I wanted to lose weight and had some spare time on my hands after finishing college. Never in a million years did I think fighting would be my full-time profession, but now I can’t imagine my life without it.