“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
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
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 Elements, CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
7th place with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2017 California Regional
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, Josh recently obtained his Level 3 Trainer Certification in 2017. 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
7th place with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2017 California Regional
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 and his Level 2 Certification in 2015 while in Seattle, WA. Rich is a vital member of the CrossFit 808 Games teams since 2013. Besides his Level 1 and Level 2 Certs, Rich also has the CrossFit Kids, Weightlifting, Mobility, and Strongman certifications.

Beyond CrossFit, Rich loves spending time with his wife (Coach Elyse) and son, Bodhi. He works as a machinist at the Pearl Harbor shipyard and is also a veteran of the US Coast Guard where he worked as a Maritime Enforcement Specialist.

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


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."


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 2 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, Josh 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


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

Dustin’s favorite quote:


Dana Okamoto, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Although Dana had heard and known of CrossFit for years, it was not until she found herself wanting to change her health and lifestyle for the better, that she finally gave CrossFit 808. During her Elements Program, she remembers not being able to do a push-up or sit-up, and cried during her first workout, "Baseline." However, soon after graduating from the Elements Program in March of 2013, Dana's fitness level began to improve, and in the 2017 CrossFit Games season, she was named one of the alternates for Team CrossFit 808 at the California Regionals.

Dana is a hard worker and really enjoys helping others. She is currently the warehouse/operations manager for Hawaiian Island Creations, one of Hawai'i's largest local surf shops. Dana earned her CrossFit Level 1 Certification in August of 2017 and has been coaching at 808 since September of 2017.

Dana's favorite quote:
"Fluctuat nec mergitur"
She is tossed by the waves, but does not sink.