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. 

 
From Right to Left:  Makani, Mark, Eddie, Kiliona, Jo, Kealii, Kimo, Jack and Kahana

From Right to Left:  Makani, Mark, Eddie, Kiliona, Jo, Kealii, Kimo, Jack and Kahana

Our  Guides

 

Makani CHRISTENSEN

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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.


Kahana

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.   


Chris

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.


Kiliona

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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.  


Mark 

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This Honolulu local is a sharp, graduate of Punahou High School.  After returning home from his university studies in the mainland USA, he found his passion in the tourism industry.  He continues to inspire and lead fabulous tours throughout Oahu.   He is one of our most requested guides and is commended for his in depth knowledge of the islands.   


Johana

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Originally from South Carolina, Johana grew up in the military life of a Navy family. She moved to Hawaii in pursuit of her studies and graduated top of her class at the University of Hawaii West Oahu with a Bachelors of Arts in American History.  

As a well-experienced equestrian, Johana guided horseback riders through polo fields prior to conducting tours. However, she will say her greatest joy and accomplishment in life is being a mother to her preteen daughter. 


KEALII KAM

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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.


EDUARDO

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Eduardo is fluent in Portuguese and the friendliest Brazilian you will ever meet!  He moved here 25 years ago in search of the perfect wave and found himself setting up a surfboard-shaping shop on the North Shore of Oahu.

In addition to his board-shaping, Eduardo has been busy raising a family, charging giant waves,  and taking care of his horses.  A tour around the island with Eduardo, aka uncle Eddie, will be a fun experience you will not forget.   


KIMO

Kimo best explains himself as a "Local Haole" (A term for a non-Hawaiian/non-pacific islander born and raised in the islands).  He grew up in Ewa Beach (the West Side of Oahu) and like many in Hawaii, he is from a military family as his father was stationed at Pearl Harbor building batteries for submarines.   He knows the island well.

Kimo's love for Hawaii goes deep into his soul.  He is a life-long surfer and a professional surfboard maker.  He is also an organic farmer, golfer (Former PGA), and loves sailing (he lives on a sail boat).  If you need a golfing buddy, then this is your guy.