Our Roots

Keawe Adventures was started in 2008 by Hawaii born and raised, Makani Christensen. Makani felt Hawaii lacked in providing tourists an intimate, personal, and embracing connection to Hawaii's diversely-rich culture. Upon returning to Hawaii from his combat services, Makani decided to provide that local perspective to the tourism industry with the real stories from the people who live it and the knowledge passed-down from their families. A waterman all his life, he began his company with a focus on watersports and fishing activities, eventually providing all types of fun and educational tours to local, mainland, and international clients. 


Our  Guides

 Left to right:  Makani Christensen, Kealii Kam, Marck Thacker, Mat Marks, Fernando Aguilar, Hiram Pukahi, Ron Yim

Left to right:  Makani Christensen, Kealii Kam, Marck Thacker, Mat Marks, Fernando Aguilar, Hiram Pukahi, Ron Yim




Born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, Makani has developed the majority of the tours based on how he grew up on the island of Hawaii.  His way of life consists of snorkeling, fishing, surfing, hiking, hunting, camping and spending time with his young family.

After studying at Kamehameha Secondary School, Makani graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  He then entered the military as a Marine Officer, where he served his country for 5 years with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  After receiving the Joint Service Commendation medal, Makani was honorably discharged in 2008.

Along with his Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and his strong Hawaiian genealogy, Makani’s love for the land and sea is what inspired him to start his own business.  It is here where Makani finds true joy; sharing with others about Hawaii’s history, culture, and ocean environment.


Private Tour Guide Oahu

A Native from Hilo, Hawaii, Kahana is our lead guide and the General Manager of Keawe Adventures.   He is a graduate of the Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus and spent a few years living in Asia as a young adult.  He is also wise in holistic healing as a graduate of the World Acupuncture Academy.

Kahana is an expert hiker with years of experience throughout the island chain.  He has completed most of the hikes on Oahu including a 5 day trek across the Koolau Mountains.  Additionally, he is a skilled waterman who conducts most of our surf lessons, stand-up paddle tours, and spear fishing adventures.  Kahana is revered as one our best Pearl Harbor and Island Guides.   


Private Tour Guide Chris Gardner

Chris was born in Florida and moved to Hawaii to take up surfing full time.   He surfed professionally for a few years and transitioned to the North Shore hotel industry, holding various sales-related jobs. Deeply involved in the community, he knows many people throughout the islands and enjoys being the owner of an ocean-sporting event, The North Shore Swim Series.  

Chris started the North Shore Swim Series about 20 years ago, which runs from May through August attracting thousands people from around the world.  His can do attitude and attention to detail continues to inspire athletes and Keawe Adventures clients from around the world.   If you have a chance to book a tour with Chris, you will not be disappointed.



This guy knows his Hawaiian History!   When Kiliona came to work for Keawe Adventures a few years ago, his transition into the tourism industry was a seamless, perfect fit.  Known as the "Gentle Giant," he is the true meaning of professional aloha.  

A Polynesian Native, he also spent many years living among the Native American tribes of the United States before returning to Hawaii to pursue his university degree in Hawaiian History.   Additionally, Kiliona was trained in olympic swimming, is active in ancient Hawaiian Awa Ceremonies, and is one of the most requested guides at Keawe Adventures.  


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Matthew Marks served in the United States Marine Corps and is currently pursing a Law degree at the University of Hawaii.  He has a bachelors degree from Hawaii Pacific University in International Studies.  While in the Marine Corps he was sent to the defense language institute in Monetary California.  He speaks 5 languages to include English, French, Spanish, Italian and Korean.  He is a stickler for details!   His is very knowledgeable on the History of Pearl Harbor, and is rated as Keawe Adventures top Pearl Harbor guides.  



A Native to Oahu, Kealii grew up a beach-boy with the laid-back culture Hawaii is known for. Now a family man, Kealii is also active in real-estate with knowledge of the unique living situations throughout the islands. 

Kealii is a fun and good-humored guide. His calm demeanor brings aloha to all who tour with him.



He served in the Army and fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  During his career he deployed 5 times into harms way.  Fernando held the rank of Staff Sergeant during his career and held many positions during his career.  He was assigned to the the 10th Mountain Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. Unfortunately he was medically retired in 2015, after proudly serving 12 years in the army.  He is currently attending the University of Hawaii for his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. Fernando is one of our most seasoned veterans and a subject matter expert in military history.  He is also our dive master and hiking guide. 


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Senior Chief Petty Officer Tony Chance is great tour guide and community leader and father.   He is currently pursuing a masters degree at the University of Hawaii in Social Work and is the founder of Hui O Ho'ohonua a community development networking organization.  Tony is one of our top Pearl Harbor tour guides.   

Private Tour Guide


Nanci Comes to Keawe Adventures with 10 years of experience in the tour industry.   Conducting thousands of tours throughout Oahu, with a smile.   Friendliness, honesty, and attention to detail are her strongest traits.    She makes every effort to ensure our guest are satisfied.