meet the guides & instructors

Egmar  President/CEO  Egmar Klemmer grew up in Southern Germany, in the foot hills of the Alps, as an outdoor enthusiast, mountain climber and windsurfer. Since most of his family lives in Kailua, he started spending summers here as a teenager and became a competitive windsurfer. He quickly discovered Hawaii and Oahu’s Kailua Beach as an ideal location to live and train. Since then he has continued to compete in windsurfing races as well as become and avid surfer, stand up paddler, kayaker, kite surfer and all around waterman. He can be found at the shop or in the water, nearly every day of the year; with the same passion and enthusiasm when he first came here in 1983.

Egmar

President/CEO

Egmar Klemmer grew up in Southern Germany, in the foot hills of the Alps, as an outdoor enthusiast, mountain climber and windsurfer. Since most of his family lives in Kailua, he started spending summers here as a teenager and became a competitive windsurfer. He quickly discovered Hawaii and Oahu’s Kailua Beach as an ideal location to live and train. Since then he has continued to compete in windsurfing races as well as become and avid surfer, stand up paddler, kayaker, kite surfer and all around waterman. He can be found at the shop or in the water, nearly every day of the year; with the same passion and enthusiasm when he first came here in 1983.

Devin   Operations and Marketing Manager  Devin grew up in a family of kayakers, near the foot hills of the Appalachian mountains. He canoed down his first class IV water fall at age 10 and spent much of his child hood on camping, kayaking, and ocean adventures. He became an ACA (American Canoe Association) certified whitewater instructor by 16 and lead trips in his fathers white water and sea kayaking businesses. He graduated with a Bachelors in Resource Management from the University of Geogia, where he was the coordinator for the Geogria Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP) and lead kayak and canoe camping trips. Devin moved to Hawaii in 2004 and became an avid surfer, windsurfer, kitesurfer, stand up paddler, sailor, free diver and anything else that gets him in the water. He is also the Marketing Director, Webmaster and Windsport Coordinator for Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks.

Devin

Operations and Marketing Manager

Devin grew up in a family of kayakers, near the foot hills of the Appalachian mountains. He canoed down his first class IV water fall at age 10 and spent much of his child hood on camping, kayaking, and ocean adventures. He became an ACA (American Canoe Association) certified whitewater instructor by 16 and lead trips in his fathers white water and sea kayaking businesses. He graduated with a Bachelors in Resource Management from the University of Geogia, where he was the coordinator for the Geogria Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP) and lead kayak and canoe camping trips. Devin moved to Hawaii in 2004 and became an avid surfer, windsurfer, kitesurfer, stand up paddler, sailor, free diver and anything else that gets him in the water. He is also the Marketing Director, Webmaster and Windsport Coordinator for Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks.

Anissa   Manager  Anissa grew up on the East Coast. After playing 4 years of D1 volleyball at University of North Carolina with a BS/Biology degree in hand, Anissa headed West. A solo backpacking trip in OZ/NZ sparked a passion for eco-tourism and she was soon leading adventures in the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, and the Colorado River. A romance led her to Hawaii sight unseen in 2002 where she lives to this day with her husband and son. A KBA Manager since 2003, Anissa is incredibly proud of the KBA Ohana.

Anissa

Manager

Anissa grew up on the East Coast. After playing 4 years of D1 volleyball at University of North Carolina with a BS/Biology degree in hand, Anissa headed West. A solo backpacking trip in OZ/NZ sparked a passion for eco-tourism and she was soon leading adventures in the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, and the Colorado River. A romance led her to Hawaii sight unseen in 2002 where she lives to this day with her husband and son. A KBA Manager since 2003, Anissa is incredibly proud of the KBA Ohana.

Marty   Manager/ Kayak Guide / American Red Cross Instructor / Lifeguard  Marty, originally from Louisiana,has lived in a number places all across the US, with major roots in Michigan and California.He grew up enjoying surfing and wake boarding and has been lifeguard/CPR certified since the age of 16. Marty has been conducting kayak tours to the Mokulua Islands ever since." My life revolves around the water and salt runs through my veins. I am in the water daily whether it be surfing, snorkeling, or just for a swim."

Marty

Manager/ Kayak Guide / American Red Cross Instructor / Lifeguard

Marty, originally from Louisiana,has lived in a number places all across the US, with major roots in Michigan and California.He grew up enjoying surfing and wake boarding and has been lifeguard/CPR certified since the age of 16. Marty has been conducting kayak tours to the Mokulua Islands ever since." My life revolves around the water and salt runs through my veins. I am in the water daily whether it be surfing, snorkeling, or just for a swim."

Jamie   Assistant Manager / 300 Club Member  Jamie is a fun loving, goofy gal who loves to live life with a smile. She’s had the amazing pleasure of living and traveling all over the world. She moved to Hawaii at the young age of 17 in 2001 to go to college at Hawaii Pacific University, fell in love with the ocean and has since lived on the island of Oahu. Her life is pretty much summed up by this quote: “changes in latitude, changes in attitude, nothing remains quite the same” -Jimmy BuffettHere's what our guests said about Jamie's tour:"Jamie was great! Recommend this (2 hour tour) for families, and 1st timers. She was patient, energetic, knowledgeable, and most of all fun. Kids said 'best day ever!' Thanks!!" - Brad"Jamie was awesome. Felt safe, confident, in good hands. Great attitude and customer service." - Wendy"Tour guide was excellent! Very knowledgeable about equipment and tour area. Bottom line: Jamie was a blast to be with!" - Vanessa

Jamie

Assistant Manager / 300 Club Member

Jamie is a fun loving, goofy gal who loves to live life with a smile. She’s had the amazing pleasure of living and traveling all over the world. She moved to Hawaii at the young age of 17 in 2001 to go to college at Hawaii Pacific University, fell in love with the ocean and has since lived on the island of Oahu. Her life is pretty much summed up by this quote: “changes in latitude, changes in attitude, nothing remains quite the same” -Jimmy BuffettHere's what our guests said about Jamie's tour:"Jamie was great! Recommend this (2 hour tour) for families, and 1st timers. She was patient, energetic, knowledgeable, and most of all fun. Kids said 'best day ever!' Thanks!!" - Brad"Jamie was awesome. Felt safe, confident, in good hands. Great attitude and customer service." - Wendy"Tour guide was excellent! Very knowledgeable about equipment and tour area. Bottom line: Jamie was a blast to be with!" - Vanessa

Matt   Assistant Manager/ Kayak Tour Guide/ Stand Up Paddle Instructor / Lifeguard  Originally from Atlanta Georgia, Matt has travelled the world and found nowhere more beautiful than Hawaii. From kayaking to kite surfing, Kailua Bay has become Matt's favorite playground. And he can't wait to share it with you.Here's what Matt's guests said about their tour with him:"Matt was an incredible guide and made the entire trip fantastic! My husband and I felt he was the reason our first day kayaking was so successful and memorable. He helped everyone on the tour, and gave out great tips and advice for the rest of our stay." - Sheri"The 2 hour guided kayak tour exceeded our expectations! Our guide, Matt, was extremely knowledgeable about everything to do with the flora, fauna, and geography of the area, and was able to answer all our questions. He was also an extremely good kayak instructor and guided us efficiently and safely from the store to the island, and back. Mahalo, Matt!" - Andrew

Matt

Assistant Manager/ Kayak Tour Guide/ Stand Up Paddle Instructor / Lifeguard

Originally from Atlanta Georgia, Matt has travelled the world and found nowhere more beautiful than Hawaii. From kayaking to kite surfing, Kailua Bay has become Matt's favorite playground. And he can't wait to share it with you.Here's what Matt's guests said about their tour with him:"Matt was an incredible guide and made the entire trip fantastic! My husband and I felt he was the reason our first day kayaking was so successful and memorable. He helped everyone on the tour, and gave out great tips and advice for the rest of our stay." - Sheri"The 2 hour guided kayak tour exceeded our expectations! Our guide, Matt, was extremely knowledgeable about everything to do with the flora, fauna, and geography of the area, and was able to answer all our questions. He was also an extremely good kayak instructor and guided us efficiently and safely from the store to the island, and back. Mahalo, Matt!" - Andrew

Tomo  Assistant Manager/Kayak Tour Guide  Born in Japan and raised on Oregon, Tomo visited the Hawaiian islands and fell in love with all that they have to offer. In 2009 he made the leap and moved to the island of Oahu. His fluency in both English and Japanese combined with his management experience make him a great asset to Kailua Beach Adventures. When he’s not at work, you’ll find Tomo DJing, surfing, hiking, or cruising on his motorcycle around beautiful Oahu.

Tomo

Assistant Manager/Kayak Tour Guide

Born in Japan and raised on Oregon, Tomo visited the Hawaiian islands and fell in love with all that they have to offer. In 2009 he made the leap and moved to the island of Oahu. His fluency in both English and Japanese combined with his management experience make him a great asset to Kailua Beach Adventures. When he’s not at work, you’ll find Tomo DJing, surfing, hiking, or cruising on his motorcycle around beautiful Oahu.

Brian  Assistant Manager/Kayak Tour Guide  Brian left the Pacific Northwest following his and his wife Jen’s dream to live in Hawaii. Leaving the golf industry behind he embraced all the island and it’s beautiful ocean have to offer, becoming a kayak guide and avid surfer. Living on Oahu has been a dream realized and the Mokuluas are easily his favorite destination. If you don’t see him there just find the day’s best waves… He’ll be there.

Brian

Assistant Manager/Kayak Tour Guide

Brian left the Pacific Northwest following his and his wife Jen’s dream to live in Hawaii. Leaving the golf industry behind he embraced all the island and it’s beautiful ocean have to offer, becoming a kayak guide and avid surfer. Living on Oahu has been a dream realized and the Mokuluas are easily his favorite destination. If you don’t see him there just find the day’s best waves… He’ll be there.

Chad  Kayak Guide Trainer  Originally from Virginia, Chad has spent recent years in South Carolina studying at Coastal Carolina University. Chad moved to the Hawaiian islands to continue pursuing his marine science degree and to enjoy the hiking, surfing, and diving that Hawaii has to offer. When he isn’t guiding sea kayak tours, he is playing his ukulele, catching waves, and traveling.

Chad

Kayak Guide Trainer

Originally from Virginia, Chad has spent recent years in South Carolina studying at Coastal Carolina University. Chad moved to the Hawaiian islands to continue pursuing his marine science degree and to enjoy the hiking, surfing, and diving that Hawaii has to offer. When he isn’t guiding sea kayak tours, he is playing his ukulele, catching waves, and traveling.

Matt "Tomi"   Kayak Tour Guide / Lifeguard  Matt was born and raised in Kailua and is a crucial part of our team. He is very outgoing and personable, making him perfect for customer service. Matt enjoys surfing, paddling and most ocean activities. He is also well traveled, and after visiting Japan a number of times he is picking up the language! Matt is a Junior Lifeguard and paddles outrigger canoes for Kailua Canoe Club, and is one of our most seasoned kayak guides.

Matt "Tomi"

Kayak Tour Guide / Lifeguard

Matt was born and raised in Kailua and is a crucial part of our team. He is very outgoing and personable, making him perfect for customer service. Matt enjoys surfing, paddling and most ocean activities. He is also well traveled, and after visiting Japan a number of times he is picking up the language! Matt is a Junior Lifeguard and paddles outrigger canoes for Kailua Canoe Club, and is one of our most seasoned kayak guides.

Austin   Kayak Tour Guide

Austin

Kayak Tour Guide

Ka’iulani  Kayak Guide Trainer  Kayak Tour Guide / Stand Up Paddle Instructor / 400 Club Member/ Eco Tour Guide of the Year / Instructor Trainer / Lifeguard  Ka'iulani (like the princess) is a local girl who's family tree has roots in Kailua going back many generations. She is one of the rare individuals you'll meet who actually speaks the Hawaiian language fluently. Ka'iu is full of Aloha and love for her home, which she can't wait to share with you.Here's what Ka'iulani's guests said about their tour:"This was absolutely the highlight of our trip. The staff were all really helpful and friendly, and Ka'iulani was absolutely wonderful! Thank you!" - Haley"A wonderful Hawaiian adventure. Ka'iulani is so passionate and eager to share her culture. More than a great souveneir. Mahalo." - Florence"We were first time kayakers that had some fears and reservations about our decision to do this. Our guide was great every step of the way in making this a very memorable experience. Thanks." - Justin and Julia

Ka’iulani

Kayak Guide Trainer

Kayak Tour Guide / Stand Up Paddle Instructor / 400 Club Member/ Eco Tour Guide of the Year / Instructor Trainer / Lifeguard

Ka'iulani (like the princess) is a local girl who's family tree has roots in Kailua going back many generations. She is one of the rare individuals you'll meet who actually speaks the Hawaiian language fluently. Ka'iu is full of Aloha and love for her home, which she can't wait to share with you.Here's what Ka'iulani's guests said about their tour:"This was absolutely the highlight of our trip. The staff were all really helpful and friendly, and Ka'iulani was absolutely wonderful! Thank you!" - Haley"A wonderful Hawaiian adventure. Ka'iulani is so passionate and eager to share her culture. More than a great souveneir. Mahalo." - Florence"We were first time kayakers that had some fears and reservations about our decision to do this. Our guide was great every step of the way in making this a very memorable experience. Thanks." - Justin and Julia

Nick   Kayak Tour Guide  Nick is soon to be a graduate of the University of Hawaii. Originally from Bellingham, Washington, he quickly fell in love with Hawaii and all that it has to offer. Nick loves being on the water - you can find him guiding sea kayak tours, surfing, and diving. While he may be a transplant, he is a local at heart!

Nick

Kayak Tour Guide

Nick is soon to be a graduate of the University of Hawaii. Originally from Bellingham, Washington, he quickly fell in love with Hawaii and all that it has to offer. Nick loves being on the water - you can find him guiding sea kayak tours, surfing, and diving. While he may be a transplant, he is a local at heart!

Mieko  Stand Up Paddle Instructor: 500 Club  Mieko is one of Kailua Beach Adventures most veteran instructors. Originally from Japan, she has become a part of the Kailua community, including becoming a school teacher. Mieko excelled as a windsurfer and windsurf instructor in the 90's, teaching hundreds of people the sport through her career. With the explosion of popularity in stand up paddling over the past 5 years, Mieko has become one of KBA's most esteemed instructors, enjoying sharing the sport with locals and visitors alike.

Mieko

Stand Up Paddle Instructor: 500 Club

Mieko is one of Kailua Beach Adventures most veteran instructors. Originally from Japan, she has become a part of the Kailua community, including becoming a school teacher. Mieko excelled as a windsurfer and windsurf instructor in the 90's, teaching hundreds of people the sport through her career. With the explosion of popularity in stand up paddling over the past 5 years, Mieko has become one of KBA's most esteemed instructors, enjoying sharing the sport with locals and visitors alike.

Sonny   Kayak Tour Guide  Sonny was born and raised on the island of Oahu, as a native Hawaiian. He comes from a long line of ocean athletes, many of whom paddle with him competitively at nearby Lanikai Canoe Club. The club races outrigger canoes on Oahu and the outer islands. Last year he competed in the Molokai Hoe race, a 42 mile endurance course from the island of Molokai to Waikiki Beach. Sonny strives to be 'one with the ocean, and is eager to share his culture and his aloha with you.

Sonny

Kayak Tour Guide

Sonny was born and raised on the island of Oahu, as a native Hawaiian. He comes from a long line of ocean athletes, many of whom paddle with him competitively at nearby Lanikai Canoe Club. The club races outrigger canoes on Oahu and the outer islands. Last year he competed in the Molokai Hoe race, a 42 mile endurance course from the island of Molokai to Waikiki Beach. Sonny strives to be 'one with the ocean, and is eager to share his culture and his aloha with you.

Keala  Kayak Tour Guide / SUP Instructor/ 500 Club Member / Lifeguard  You can find her in the water surfing, paddling and diving whenever possible. A true water enthusiast, she has her lifeguard certification and is a great addition to our team of guides. An overall active kook, Keala also dances professionally, practices yoga, trains in aerial acrobatics, and teaches pilates!

Keala

Kayak Tour Guide / SUP Instructor/ 500 Club Member / Lifeguard

You can find her in the water surfing, paddling and diving whenever possible. A true water enthusiast, she has her lifeguard certification and is a great addition to our team of guides. An overall active kook, Keala also dances professionally, practices yoga, trains in aerial acrobatics, and teaches pilates!

Will   Kayak Tour Guide  Born in Massachusetts, this hearty New Englander joined our team in August of 2018 and wasted no time at all embracing our Aloha spirit. Will combines a unique zest for life with an exceptional expanse of knowledge, which he has acquired through working on his Master's Degree in Marine Biology. A naturalist at heart, when he's not working, you can find Will hiking, fishing, surfing, snorkeling, or pretty much anywhere where there is a physical challenge in the outdoors.

Will

Kayak Tour Guide

Born in Massachusetts, this hearty New Englander joined our team in August of 2018 and wasted no time at all embracing our Aloha spirit. Will combines a unique zest for life with an exceptional expanse of knowledge, which he has acquired through working on his Master's Degree in Marine Biology. A naturalist at heart, when he's not working, you can find Will hiking, fishing, surfing, snorkeling, or pretty much anywhere where there is a physical challenge in the outdoors.