Professor Aiau Koa
Ai Pilau Kenpo
Kenpo, Haka, Music & Traditions!
Professor Aiau Kauka Koa was a long time student of Abe Kamahoahoa in the Pilau style of Kenpo and his sister, GM Kailani Koa in Kajukenbo. He is currently a Harbor Patrol officer on the island of Maui, in Hawaii.
He is a gifted martial artist, Haka performer, Hula dancer and musician, with a kind and compassionate heart. He is vitally interested in the heart and soul of the martial arts and exemplifies the spirit of "Ohana" or family in the martial arts.
He has worked as a personal bodyguard for Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and conducted workshops and seminars in many countries.
Aiau Koa on guitar and 2017 Grammy winner Kalani Pea!
Professor Koa will be teaching several sessions of Ai Pilau Kenpo and a special Haka workshop on Saturday afternoon - come learn the Polynesian dance of Power!
In addition, he will be a major part of the opening ceremony at the Gathering of Eagles on Saturday morning and at the Hall of Fame awards that evening. Also, he will be conducting a traditional Hava ceremony on Friday night for the GOE Instructors!
Professor Aiau Koa's instructor, Abraham Kanekaua Maunakea Kamahoahoa, known to his friends and family as "Brother Abe", was a mountain of a man with a heart to match. Born December 7th, 1924. He was a successful and beloved man to his family and his many, many friends.
He was proficient and devoted to the Martial Arts, rising to chief instructor and 9th degree black belt. He was a man who possessed brutal strength. He started his first martial arts training with Professor Henry Okazaki in Judo. Brother Abe was also an amateur boxer and an amateur wrestler, before his Kenpo Karate training with Professor William K. S. Chow. He was with the Professor for 20 continuous years.
In the late 60's he befriended Sijo Emperado and joined the Kajukenbo Self-Defense Institute. He remained a student, friend, and supporter of Sijo Emperado and Kajukenbo until his passing on March 3, 1988.