GM Kailani Koa
- Specialty:Hawaiian Kajukenbo
- Teaching:Hawaiian Kajukenbo
- Date:March 23rd, 2024
Kailani Koa, a talented martial artist began her training in Judo under the watchful eye of her Father Francis L. Koa, her growing interest in all the arts, introduced her to Shotokan Karate under Sensei Kenneth Funakoshi and Sensei Victor Young where she earned her Black Belt, still searching for more. She has to look no further than her own relatives â€“ Martin Buell (Chinese Kempo) and Brother Abe Kamahoahoa (Kajukenbo) in fact Kailani is also related to the late Ed Parker (The Father of American Kenpo) who was also Elvis Presley's instructor and Body Guard.
In her travels Kailani met and traveled with prominent martial artist; such as Eric Lee (King of Kata); Ted Tabura (The Sickle Man), Carter Wong (Actor-Big Trouble in Little China), Al Dacascos, and his son Mark Dacascos (Actor- Only the Strong), Mr. Ming Lum who is also known as the Godfather of Kung Fu, Master Kalei Griffin (Actor in Ninja Turtles) and also â€˜Olohe S. Kaihewalu (Prof. in the art of Hawaiian Lua, and many other martial artists that influenced her martial arts.
Kailani has competed in many, many martial art tournament's and has successfully won many events.
GrandMaster in the art of Kajukenbo, she represents her Uncle Brother Abe Kamahoahoa and is very active in the martial arts community on Maui. Traveling and instructing thousands of students worldwide, she also held the title Assistant Coordinator with Sifu Willie K. and Shihan Ted Tabura with Festival of the Kings in Maui.