Meet the Guides and Instructors
Introducing Hawaii’s most trusted team of eco-tour guides:
All of our senior kayak guides are lifeguards and veterans of the ocean. Each guide has certifications in First Aid and CPR and has been trained my an American Canoe Association (ACA) coastal kayaking instructor. We seek out friendly and enthusiastic water-men and women that have roots in the environment, community and wildlife preservation.
Our guide program is Sustainable Tourism Certified by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association. This accomplishment separates us from the mass tourism outfits, creating a friendly and socially conscious experience for our guests and those around us.
*200, 300, 400 Club = A guide who has led 200, 300 or 400 or more tours/lessons with KBA
Congratulations Ka’iulani, Hawaii Eco-Tour Guide of The Year!!
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.
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 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.
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."
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
Assistant Manager / Kayak Tour Guide / 300 Club Member / ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor Certified / Lifeguard
Born in Australia and raised in Kailua, Toby's extensive local knowledge and water experience has him doing everything from teaching surf lessons to guiding kayak tours. When he's not working as a manager, you can find him wherever there are waves to be ridden. Here's what our guests said about Toby's tour: "Everyone was great, especially when the tour started and we met Toby!!! I travel all over the world, and I have to say he is the best tour guide I have ever had. Right away he made us feel like family." - Donovan "Excellent tour guide from start to finish, making for an amazing holiday trip!" - Anabell
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
Kayak Tour Guide
Leif is passionate about the aina and this place he calls home. As a local, he continually enjoys the island’s mountain biking and water sports. When he isn’t outside, you can find him working on and fixing cars. Leif is our resident fact wizard and is a wealth of knowledge!
Kayak Tour Guide / 200 Club Member / Lifeguard
Aloha, real name is Andrew but to most I am referred to as PO! I was born and raised right outside of Providence. Being raised in Rhode Island, The Ocean State, prepared me for being the waterman that I am today. As a seasoned Kailua Bay paddler, I have seen a lot in my daily paddles, but I also treat everyday as a new day to learn and experience more. I consider Kailua my home and enjoy educating my tours on how truly special this place is.
Kayak Tour Guide / Beast
Originally from Georgia, Clay has pursued his fervor for kayaking, surfing, and travel all over the globe, which has finally landed him here in Hawaii. Whether he is guiding tours to the offshore islands or enjoying his day off, Clay can always be found in or around the water. Clay enjoys kayaking, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, spearfishing, free diving, and exploring the immense playground that is the Hawaiian Islands.
Kayak Tour Guide / Stand Up Paddle Instructor
Another transplant from the great state of Georgia, Sam moved to Hawaii for the waves. An avid whitewater kayaker, his paddling skills translated effortlessly to both sea kayaking and surfing. With a background in construction, Sam is our Mr. Fix-It. With a degree in watershed management, Sam has a passion for the aina. Between mountain biking, surfing, skateboarding, and hiking, Sam is always enjoying the great outdoors.
Kayak Tour Guide/ Stand Up Paddling Instructor
Kalani is a true marathon man. During his 17 years in Hawaii he has competed in numerous triathlons, distance races and outdoor competitions. As a lead kayak guide to continues his fitness and shares with and encourages his guests to live healthy and happy. He is currently training for the 2015 Iron Man in Kona, Big Island Hawaii.
Kayak Tour Guide / Stand Up Paddling Instructor
Originally from Vienna, Virginia, Hayley’s drive to explore has taken her to the Carolinas, Australia, the Pacific Northwest, South America, Nepal, and now – Hawaii. Her excitement for the outdoors was sparked during her time at the University of South Carolina, where she graduated with a degree in Business Management. Hayley’s varied work experience includes positions as a photographer, guest relations specialist, magazine writer and editor, social media guru, substitute teacher, barista, and lifeguard. With a desire to explore and a love for the outdoors, you will find her hiking, kayaking, SUPing, surfing, sailing, and photographing her experiences. You will always find Hayley smiling as she guides sea kayak tours and teaches Stand Up Paddleboarding in our beautiful Kailua, plus check out her vivacious blog HERE!
Kayak Tour Guide / Lifeguard
Matt was born and raised in Kailua and is part of our retail 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, having been all over the world and speaks Japanese. Matt is Junior Lifeguard and paddles outrigger canoes for Kailua Canoe Club. So don't be surprised if you see him join our guide team in the upcoming years.