Ohana takes 16 golds at Hawaiian Islands Karate Championship
The Maui News
Ohana Martial Arts finished with 16 first-place finishes at the Hawaiian Islands Karate Championship at Hanalani School on Oahu last month.
Ohana competed against teams from Hawaii, California, Nevada, Texas, Mexico and Canada.
The competitors that took gold included: Evan Reed (in black belt 14-17 kumite, grand champion kumite), Caleb Castillo (in 14-17 intermediate kumite, stick fighting), Kayden-Lee Maddela (in 8-9 advanced boys kumite, boys grand champion kumite), Jraeden Mendoza (in 6-7 intermediate boys kumite, grand champion kumite, kata), Jonah Tapaoan (in 10-11 boys advanced kumite), Kelema Cabatingan (10-11 yrs advanced boys stick fighting), Keawe Fernandez (in 12-13 open boys stick fighting), Luke Merantza (in 5-6 boys beginner stick fighting), Edward Segundo (in 12-13 yrs boys advanced team kata open), Jin Bajuyo (in 12-13 boys advanced team kata open) and Jayse Nakasone (in 14-17 boys kumite advanced).
Second-place finishers included: Reed (black belt middleweight kumite), Castillo (kata), Tapaoan (kata, stick fighting), Merantza (kata), Segundo (kumite), Kai Caliva (in 5-6 boys beginner kata, sticking fighting), Izea Takafuji (in 7-8 boys advanced kata, stick fighting), Keshia Caliva (in 10-11 girls beginner stick fighting), C.J. Caliva (in 14-17 black belt kata, kumite, men’s open black belt lightweight kumite), A.J. Pagan (in 14-17 boys open kumite, men’s open heavyweight kumite black belt division, 14-17 boys open stick fighting), Princess Manlansing (in 18 and over intermediate women kata), Lex Gossack (in 12-13 beginner boys stick fighting), and Leilah Eusebio (in 14-17 advanced girls kumite).
Third-place finishers included: Maddela (kata), Catatingan (kumite), Bajuyo (kumite), Nakasone (kumite), Caliva (kumite), Kai Caliva (kumite), Keshia Caliva (kata), Manlansing (kumite), Gossack (Kata), Eusebio (stick fighting), Shayna Fernandez (in 14-17 advanced girls kumita, kata), Jerrick Andia (in 12-13 intermediate boys kumite, stick fighting), Sean McCormick (in 14-17 boys intermediate kumite) and Raymo Kaiama (in 12-13 boys open stick fighting).