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OUR CREW

  • Tim "Shaggy" Mitchell

    PADI MSDT & Captain

    Tim "Shaggy" Mitchell

    PADI MSDT & Captain

    Hometown: Golden, Colorado
    Favorite Kona dive site: Black Hole!
    Favorite marine animal: Hawaiian longfin anthias
    Favorite local restaurant: Umeke’s for schooners and poke
    Favorite quote: “If you ever drop your keys into molten lava, let ’em go, because man, they are gone.” Jack Handy
    Favorite topside activity: Hanging out with Tito and playing music

  • Lindsay Price-Friend

    PADI Instructor, Shop Crew and Manta Snorkel Guide Extraordinaire

    Lindsay Price-Friend

    PADI Instructor, Shop Crew and Manta Snorkel Guide Extraordinaire

    Hometown: San Leandro, California
    Favorite Kona dive site: Freeze Face
    Favorite marine animal: Frogfish
    Favorite local restaurant: 808 Grindz
    Favorite quote: “The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.”
    Favorite topside activity: Hanging out and exploring with Nalu

  • Kerry Key

    PADI MSDT/Owner

    Kerry Key

    PADI MSDT/Owner

    Hometown: New Canaan, Connecticut
    Favorite Kona dive site: Yes
    Favorite marine animal: Octopus. No, wait – nudibranchs. No, wait – blackstripe coris. No, wait – scrawled filefish. Okay, pretty much all of the animals.
    Favorite local restaurant: Kaimana Kitchen
    Favorite quote: “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” Abraham Lincoln
    Favorite topside activity: Topside? What’s topside?

  • David "Daveed" Marchand

    PADI MSDT

    David "Daveed" Marchand

    PADI MSDT

    Hometown: Attigony, France
    Favorite Kona dive site: Touch of Gray
    Favorite marine animal: Dolphin
    Favorite local restaurant: Umeke’s
    Favorite quote: “Live and Let Dive.”
    Favorite topside activity: Playing music

  • Jeffrey Nannestad

    Captain

    Jeffrey Nannestad

    Captain

    Hometown: Somewhere in the middle of the country
    Favorite Kona dive site: Tubastrea Tunnel
    Favorite marine animal: Spanish Dancer
    Favorite local restaurant: Quinn’s Almost by the Sea
    Favorite quote: “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.” Grandma
    Favorite topside activity: Hanging out with my wife, doing nothing or anything at all.

  • Michael Karlson

    Captain

    Michael Karlson

    Captain

    Hometown: Kailua Kona, Hawaii
    Favorite Kona dive site: Pyramid Pinnacle
    Favorite marine animal: Humpback whale
    Favorite local restaurant: Roy’s
    Favorite quote: “I am what I am and that’s all that I am.” Popeye
    Favorite topside activity: Hiking

  • Luke Mason

    PADI Instructor

    Luke Mason

    PADI Instructor

    Hometown: St. Angnes, Cornwall, England, The World
    Favorite Kona dive site: Kaloko Canyons
    Favorite marine animal: Frogfish
    Favorite local restaurant: The Coffee Shack
    Favorite quote: “Find a job that you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Jim Fox
    Favorite topside activity: Camping and surfing with my girls

  • Hailey (Hailstorm) Hawkins

    PADI Instructor, Shop Crew

    Hailey (Hailstorm) Hawkins

    PADI Instructor, Shop Crew

    Hometown: Jackson, Wyoming
    Favorite Kona dive site: Touch of Gray
    Favorite marine animal: Tiger shark/Godzilla
    Favorite local restaurant: Da Poke Shack or Sushi Rock in Hawi (it’s worth the drive!)
    Favorite quote: “Be excellent to each other. Party on dudes.” Bill and Ted
    Favorite topside activity: There are topside activities?

  • Alex (Ginger Bear) Villemain

    PADI Instructor, Shop Crew, Resident Giant, Emergency back up Ginger

    Alex (Ginger Bear) Villemain

    PADI Instructor, Shop Crew, Resident Giant, Emergency back up Ginger

    Hometown: Orlando, Florida
    Favorite Kona dive site: Suck ’em up
    Favorite marine animal: Boxfish
    Favorite local restaurant: Phuket Monkey
    Favorite quote: “Air is for tires.” Kerry Key
    Favorite topside activity: Eating

  • Ian (Flossie) Roussopoulos

    PADI OWSI, Shop Crew, Resident Ginger, Squirrel Hospitality Manager

    Ian (Flossie) Roussopoulos

    PADI OWSI, Shop Crew, Resident Ginger, Squirrel Hospitality Manager

    Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
    Favorite Kona dive site: Twin Sisters
    Favorite marine animal: Octopus
    Favorite local restaurant: Annie’s
    Favorite quote: “When one tugs on a single thing in nature, they find it attached to everything else on earth.” John Muir
    Favorite topside activity: Slapping da bass

  • Katie Key

    PADI Instructor, Shoperations Manager

    Katie Key

    PADI Instructor, Shoperations Manager

    Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota. You betcha!
    Favorite Kona dive site: Eel Cove
    Favorite marine animal: Nudibranchs and other teeny invertebrates
    Favorite local restaurant: Mi’s Waterfront Bistro
    Favorite quote: “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln
    Favorite topside activity: Hiking and bird watchin up mauka with the dogs

  • Ryan "Rytrox" Wilson

    Head SCUBA Scientist and Tank Masta Flex

    Ryan "Rytrox" Wilson

    Head SCUBA Scientist and Tank Masta Flex

    Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
    Favorite Kona dive site: Devil’s Doorway
    Favorite marine animal: Dolphin
    Favorite local restaurant: Bianelli’s Pizza and Pasta
    Favorite quote: “Love life.”
    Favorite topside activity: Playing and making music

  • Ali "Wally" Hogg

    Assistant Shoperations Manager, PADI Divemaster

    Ali "Wally" Hogg

    Assistant Shoperations Manager, PADI Divemaster

    Hometown: Birmingham, England
    Favorite Kona dive site: Golden Arches North
    Favorite marine animal: Mantis shrimp
    Favorite local restaurant: Big Island Grill
    Favorite quote: “It’s so fluffy! I’m gonna die!”
    Favorite topside activity: Ballet

  • Mike "Dino" Paladino

    Shop Crew, Sports Aficionado

    Mike "Dino" Paladino

    Shop Crew, Sports Aficionado

    Hometown: West Islip, New York
    Favorite Kona dive site: TBD
    Favorite marine animal: Dolphin
    Favorite local restaurant: Humpy’s
    Favorite quote: “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.” Marcus Garvey
    Favorite topside activity: Football

  • Gerard K. Newman

    Gear Technician, All-around Genius, In Perfect Trim

    Gerard K. Newman

    Gear Technician, All-around Genius, In Perfect Trim

    Hometown: Oak Ridge, TN
    Favorite Kona dive site: High Rock
    Favorite marine animal: Tinker’s butterflyfish
    Favorite local restaurant: Merriman’s (Waimea)
    Favorite quote: “If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.” Carl Sagan
    Favorite topside activity: Cooking

  • Bob Hajek

    PADI Course Director

    Bob Hajek

    PADI Course Director

    Hometown: Montreal, Canada
    Favorite Kona dive site: The last site I dove, for the first time
    Favorite marine animal: Raccoon butterflyfish
    Favorite local restaurant: Sansei
    Favorite quote: “I feel a lot more like I do now, than I did 10 minutes ago.”
    Favorite topside activity: Anything with Miki

  • Tyler "Clappy" Bledsoe

    SCUBA Scientist and aspiring Snorkel Guide/Divemaster

    Tyler "Clappy" Bledsoe

    SCUBA Scientist and aspiring Snorkel Guide/Divemaster

    Hometown: Anchorage, AK
    Favorite Kona dive site: Crescent Beach
    Favorite marine animal: Mantis shrimp
    Favorite local restaurant: Broke da Mouth
    Favorite quote: “Shirt? Shirts are for chumps.” – Tyler Bledsoe
    Favorite topside activity: Hiking

  • Paul "Poopie" Okumura

    Captain, PADI Instructor

    Paul "Poopie" Okumura

    Captain, PADI Instructor

    Hometown: Tacoma, WA
    Favorite Kona dive site: Kua Bay
    Favorite marine animal: Pom pom crab
    Favorite local restaurant: Kaimana Kitchen
    Favorite quote: “Speed is the enemy of observation.”
    Favorite topside activity: Netflix and Jill

  • Sophy Taylor

    PADI Divemaster and The One With The Voice

    Sophy Taylor

    PADI Divemaster and The One With The Voice

    Hometown: Fox Island, Washington
    Favorite Kona dive site: Pyramid Pinnacle
    Favorite marine animal: Orca
    Favorite local restaurant: Huggo’s
    Favorite quote: “The Earth has music for those who listen” Shakespeare
    Favorite topside activity: Sunset drinks and family dinners.

  • Maxine Markert

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer & Mission Control Extra-Specialist

    Maxine Markert

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer & Mission Control Extra-Specialist

    Hometown: Bloomington, MN
    Favorite Kona dive site: Suck’um Up
    Favorite marine animal: Humpback Whale/Monk Seal
    Favorite local restaurant: Quinn’s
    Favorite quote: “Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.”
    Favorite topside activity: Hiking, Bowling and Stargazing.

  • Marc "One Shark Marc" Dezii

    PADI OWSI and Official KDC Shark Repellent

    Marc "One Shark Marc" Dezii

    PADI OWSI and Official KDC Shark Repellent

    Hometown: Cherry Hills, New Jersey
    Favorite Kona dive site: Suck ’em up!
    Favorite marine animal: Turtles!
    Favorite local restaurant: Oceans
    Favorite quote: “I have to get older, but nobody can force me to grow up.”
    Favorite topside activity: Surface Intervals

  • Frances Bell

    Shop Crew and Shop Mom

    Frances Bell

    Shop Crew and Shop Mom

    Hometown: Burnwell, KY
    Favorite Kona dive site: Aquarium
    Favorite marine animal: Boxfish
    Favorite local restaurant: Kona Brewing Company
    Favorite quote: “ I like the cookie”
    Favorite topside activity: Quilting

  • Nalu

    The New Kid

    Nalu

    The New Kid

    Hometown: Kailua Kona, Hawaii
    Favorite Kona dive site: Dog Beach
    Favorite marine animal: A’ama crab
    Favorite local restaurant: Big Island Grill, because bones
    Favorite quote: “You can take the Cone of Shame off now!”
    Favorite topside activity: Playing with all the dogs all the time

  • Jack

    Official KDC Greeter

    Jack

    Official KDC Greeter

    Hometown: Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, Hawaii
    Favorite Kona dive site: Dog Beach
    Favorite marine animal: Katie
    Favorite local restaurant: Big Jake’s BBQ, because bones
    Favorite quote: “You can come!”
    Favorite topside activity: Wandering and getting other dogs lost

  • Mili

    Shop Lap Dog and Senior Toe Licker

    Mili

    Shop Lap Dog and Senior Toe Licker

    Hometown: Kainaliu, Hawaii
    Favorite Kona dive site: Dog Beach
    Favorite marine animal: Goatfish
    Favorite local restaurant: Outback Steakhouse, because bones
    Favorite quote: “Time for bed!”
    Favorite topside activity: Sleeping on a lap. Or in a sunbeam. OR…sleeping in a sunbeam on a lap!

  • Izzy

    Resident Good Girl and Chief Butt Sniffer

    Izzy

    Resident Good Girl and Chief Butt Sniffer

    Hometown: Kailua Kona, Hawaii
    Favorite Kona dive site: Dog Beach
    Favorite marine animal: Bird wrasse
    Favorite local restaurant: Ruth’s Chris, because bones
    Favorite quote: “Let’s go for a hike!”
    Favorite topside activity: Chasing coconuts on da beach

AND CAMEO APPEARANCES BY...

  • Tim "Captain Bananas" Valley

    Mechanic and Maintenance Engineer Extraordinaire

    Tim "Captain Bananas" Valley

    Mechanic and Maintenance Engineer Extraordinaire

    Hometown: Sebring, FL
    Favorite Kona dive site: Three Room Cave
    Favorite marine animal: Jeweled Anemone Crab
    Favorite local restaurant: Umeke’s
    Favorite quote: “Welcome to Costco. I love you.” Idiocracy
    Favorite topside activity: Exploring

  • Yarden "Jordan" Davis

    Shop crew, PADI Divemaster, Manta Ray Snorkel Guide

    Yarden "Jordan" Davis

    Shop crew, PADI Divemaster, Manta Ray Snorkel Guide

    Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel
    Favorite Kona dive site: Touch of Gray
    Favorite marine animal: Hammerhead Shark
    Favorite local restaurant: TK Noodle House
    Favorite quote: “A lot of people attack the sea. I make love to it.” Jacques Cousteau
    Favorite topside activity: Spinning fire

  • Billy Ball

    PADI Instructor

    Billy Ball

    PADI Instructor

    Hometown: Athens, GA
    Favorite Kona dive site: Devil’s Doorway
    Favorite marine animal: Saddleback butterflyfish
    Favorite local restaurant: Original Thai
    Favorite quote: “Next stop, rocket science.” Twin Peaks
    Favorite topside activity: Eating gummy bears