“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
-Vince Lombardi


Elyse Umeda, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
10th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2014 CrossFit Games
21st with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2013 CrossFit Games
5th at the 2012 NorCal Regional
23rd at the 2011 CrossFit Games
11th at the 2010 CrossFit Games


Elyse is the founder of CrossFit 808. Her passion for life and sports have led her in many directions--from dancing and gymnastics as a child, to playing basketball in high school and college, helping Punahou School to a state basketball championship and Princeton to an Ivy League title.

Since starting CrossFit in March 2008, Elyse's love for the sport continues to grow. Elyse was a top female athlete in both the 2010 and 2011 CrossFit Games, where she placed 11th and 23rd, respectively. More recently, Elyse, has competed with her affiliate team at both the Regional and Games level. Team CrossFit 808 has qualified for the CrossFit Games three consecutive years in a row. In 2013, the team finished 21st and in 2014, the team finished 10th.

Beyond competition, Elyse loves coaching CrossFit to individuals and groups of all ages and fitness levels. She is very passionate about helping others live better through fitness and nutrition. Elyse has her Level 1 and Level 2 CrossFit Certification as well as the CrossFit Movement/Mobility Certification, CrossFit Nutrition Certification and CrossFit Gymnastics Certification. Her CrossFit gym, located in Honolulu, which she built out and designed herself, reveals her passion for making people better. The walls and windows are plastered with motivational blurbs, her favorite being, "You can have excuses or results, not both."

“CrossFit has changed my life for the better. Since I began CrossFitting in March of 2008 I have become stronger, faster, and better than I was playing college basketball. I feel good and have done things I never thought possible. I can’t wait to see how CrossFit will change your life and help you find the best you!”

Elyse’s favorite quote:
“Nana korobi, ya oki.” -Japanese Proverb
English translation: Fall down seven times, stand up eight.


Joshua Akiona, Director of Basics Class and Elements Program, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
24th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2016 CrossFit Games
4th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2015 CrossFit Games
10th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2014 CrossFit Games
21st with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2013 CrossFit Games

Joshua, better known as Josh, comes to CrossFit 808 with a solid background in nutrition, sports, and fitness. Josh has been CrossFitting since March 2009 and even continued CrossFitting during deployment all over the world. Besides his CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Certification, he also holds CrossFit Certifications in Nutrition, Olympic Lifting, Mobility, Strongman, Football, and Gymnastics. Josh competed in the 2010 Hawaii Sectionals as well as the 2010 SoCal Regional Affiliate Competition. In the 2011 CrossFit Games Open, Josh finished 48th in the Northern California Region and qualified for Regionals. At Regionals Josh finished in 31st place. Currently, Josh is a member of CrossFit 808's Games Team, who finished 21st and 10th in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Beyond CrossFit, Josh has already competed in several endurance competitions, including the Honolulu Marathon, ROHTO Half Ironman, and the HURT 100. He’s earned his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Hawaii and served our country as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army.

Coach Josh is available for private coaching, please email him directly to schedule.

Josh’s favorite quote:
“E noke kaua i ka hana a pau keia.”
English translation: Let’s persist until the work is done.


John "Rich" Korth, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
24th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2016 CrossFit Games
4th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2015 CrossFit Games
10th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2014 CrossFit Games
21st with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2013 CrossFit Games


Rich joined our gym in October 2012. He brings his passion for Olympic and Powerlifting movements to CrossFit 808 as well as his high energy and enthusiasm. Rich received his CrossFit Level 1 Certification in 2011 while in San Diego. Rich has been a member of the CrossFit 808 Games team the past two years. He is currently helping them make a run at the 2015 CrossFit Games. Rich is in US Coast Guard as a Maritime Enforcement Specialist, and will be serving the next 2+ years at Station Honolulu. Besides his Level 1, Rich also has the CrossFit Kids and Strongman certification.

Rich's favorite quote:
"In the end, the games comes down to one thing: man against man. May the best man win."
-Sam Huff


Marcus Ofoia-Stevens, Olympic Weightlifting Coach, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Marcus is a stud when it comes to CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. He started his CrossFit journey in Japan while he was stationed in Osama. As soon as he returned to Hawaii, he began his journey with 808 in November 2012 and has been kicking butt ever since. Marcus holds his CrossFit Level 1 Certification and Weightlifting Certification. He also competes with Team CrossFit 808 Plan B. Beyond CrossFit, Marcus enjoys kicking back and drinking a beer. He also loves Meat Jun and PBnJ sandwiches.

Coach Marcus is available for private coaching, please email him directly to schedule.

Marcus’ favorite quote:
"Vulnerability is strength. When you practice it you become powerful."
-Danny Silk


Kate Ikahihifo, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Kate Ikahihifo, does not only coach at CrossFit 808, but she is also our gym photographer and Front Desk manager (also known as the "Mayor of 808"). Kate's athletic background includes softball and rugby. She began her CrossFit journey with CrossFit 808 in March of 2012 and quickly fell in love with the community as well as the sport. In December 2016, Kate, earned her CrossFit Level 1 certification, she also holds the CrossFit Movement & Mobility certification as well as the CrossFit Weightlifting certification.

Outside of CrossFit, Kate's main hobby is photography. She has not only done family photos, graduations, weddings, newborn photos, and maternity shoots, but also enjoys taking action shots of our athletes CrossFitting. Kate has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Hawaii.

Kate’s favorite quote:
"It's your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you."


Adam "Jamo" Jamieson, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
10th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2015 CrossFit Games
21st with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2014 CrossFit Games
Individual Regional Athlete 2010 - 2013 CrossFit Games

Adam Jamieson, known as Coach Jamo, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to CrossFit 808. He has been at this sport for over 6 years and competing for 5+ years. He holds his Level 1, Nutrition, Movement & Mobility Certification, as well as numerous other certifications. Jamo is not only hard working, but a very compassionate guy with a laid back personality. He is easy to approach and always has great coaching advice for athletes. Jamo recently completed his Masters in Sports and Health Science from AMU (2016).

Coach Jamo is available for private coaching, please email him directly to schedule.

Jamo’s favorite quote:
"Our perceptions and principles guide us in the selection of what we want - but ultimately our actions determine whether we get there. Turn words into works."
-Ryan Holiday


Byron Patrick, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Byron Patrick's athletic background goes back to his former Division I - AA Football days as a player for Howard University in Washington D.C. He began CrossFitting while on his 3rd deployment to Afghanistan in 2013. When he returned from deployment and was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, Byron became a member at CrossFit 808. Four years have passed and Byron has not only become one of CrossFit 808's strongest male athletes, but has been an alternate for Team CrossFit 808 the past 2 years.

When it comes to CrossFit, Byron would say, he does not enjoy being upside down, but loves to pick weights up and put them down. Currently he is pursuing a B.S. in Health & Sciences. Byron also holds his certification in CrossFit's Movement & Mobility course.

Byron's favorite quote:
"Don't ever apologize for the madness which made you a warrior."


Joshua Showers, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit level 1 trainer, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Weightlifting, AA in Exercise Science, Personal Trainer, Specialty in nutrition, Specialty in Youth and Senior fitness, Specialty in Exercise therapy, Specialty in Strength and conditioning.

Joshua Showers, also known in the gym as Showers, started CrossFit in 2012 while stationed in Minot, ND. He has been a member with CrossFit 808 since 2013. Josh is a full time Personal trainer and serves as a Staff Sergeant in the Hawaii Air National Guard. He enjoys competing in as many local competitions as he can; also loves coaching others to better themselves in their endeavors. Josh dreams to make it to the CrossFit Games one day. In 2014, Josh was the alternate for CrossFit 808's Plan B team, who placed 6th in the Northern California Regional. In May 2017, Dwight competed at the CrossFit Games California Regional as a member of CrossFit 808's Plan B team. They finished the competition in 22nd place.

Showers’ favorite quote:
“Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not onto thy own understandings, in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”
–Proverbs 3:5-6


Alice Williams, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Alice Williams' CrossFit journey began at the urging of her Aunt Jan to try her "new favorite workout" in the summer of 2013. In 2014, she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Athletic Training and worked as a high school athletic trainer from 2014 to 2016. At the beginning of 2017, Alice completed her CrossFit Level 1 certification and CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting certification. She is planning on getting her Gymnastics certification in the near future.

Alice's passion for the gymnastic movements in CrossFit, despite not having a gymnastics background, come from her work with national collegiate gymnast and retired Cirque du Soleil performer, Duke Van Vleet. Along with Duke, Alice has learned from other notable coaches like Jessica Lucero, Sage (Mertz) Burgener, Mike Burgener, and Elyse Umeda! While coaching, Alice strives to emulate the impact these coaches have made on her in her classes/sessions.

Outside of CrossFit, Alice is currently working towards getting her teaching license at the University of Hawaii-Manoa to teach secondary ed with a focus on mathematics.

Alice’s favorite quote:
"If it is to be, it is up to me."


Dwight Holloway, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Dwight, comes to CrossFit 808 with a passion for nutrition, gymnastics and a wealth of supplementation knowledge. From an early age he developed a love for fitness and played sports, including track and football. Dwight discovered CrossFit while serving in the United States Navy back in 2009. The sport of CrossFit quickly played a large role in his success as a body builder. Dwight joined CrossFit 808 in 2014 where his knowledge and passion for the sport continued to grow. He received his CrossFit Weightlifting certification in 2016. In May 2017, Dwight competed at the CrossFit Games California Regional as a member of CrossFit 808's Plan B team. They finished the competition in 22nd place.

Dwight's favorite quote:
"Fear not, for I am with you: be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
-Isaiah 41:10


Chris Foley, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
For most of his life, Chris was a wrestler. After his wrestling career ended, Chris wasn't sure if he would find anything to fill the void. Then in 2012, CrossFit entered his life and he has not looked back. Since finding his new passion, Chris has really enjoyed the competition aspect the sport provides and found him self as our top male alternate for CrossFit 808 Plan B in 2017. As much as he loves the competitive aspect of CrossFit, his favorite thing by far is the community and friendships that he has made along the way. Chris not only has his Level 1 CrossFit certificate, but also recently earned his CrossFit Weightlifting certificate in April 2017.

Chris' favorite quote:
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."


Derek Kravitsky, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Derek’s CrossFit journey began in 2015 on a work assignment; he had no intention of actually joining the gym. Thanks to a lot of coaxing and persuading by Coach Elyse, Derek tried out a free class and fell in love with the sport. Coach Elyse still questions whether the peer pressure was worth it. Derek is full-time producer across the street from the gym at Hawaii News Now, so when you see the anchors make a mistake you can blame it on him.

At CrossFit 808, Derek began with the daily noon classes and eventually improved enough to join the Competition group, where he continues to learn and grow. His current goal is to compete at the Regional level but he’s also happy just to break a sweat and endure some pain with friends.

If something breaks or goes wrong in the gym, Derek’s fingerprints are probably all over so just yell “Goddammit Derek” and you should be in the clear.

Derek’s favorite quote:
“Get your hands off your knees. Work hard now, because in 20 minutes you’re gonna be lying on the couch sipping lemonade.”
-Justin Hotchkiss (Derek's older brother)


Dustin Thibodeaux, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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Ryan Alichwer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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Cheyne Suenaga, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Cheyne brings a strong background in technique and movement development to CrossFit 808. She has been CrossFitting since March of 2008 and holds a CrossFit Level 1 Certification as well as a CrossFit Gymnastics Certification. Cheyne competed in the 2010 Hawaii Sectionals as well as the 2010 SoCal Regional Affiliate Competition. Beyond CrossFit, Cheyne has been cutting, coloring, highlighting, and styling hair in Kaneohe for over 10 years. Cheyne might be a top hairstylist by trade, but she is definitely an excellent CrossFit Coach for life.

Cheyne’s favorite quote:
"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
-St. Francis of Assisi