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OUR CREW

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Daniel Windberg

    PADI Instructor and KDC's Second Nicest Staff Member

    Daniel Windberg

    PADI Instructor and KDC's Second Nicest Staff Member

    Hometown:  Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany

    Favorite Kona dive site:  Suck ’em up/Big arch

    Favorite marine animal:  Harlequin shrimp/frog fish/shark

    Favorite restaurant in Kona:  Kona Brewing Company

    Favorite quote:  “Don’t dream your life, live your dream.”

    Favorite land-based activity:  hiking, beaching, camping, editing videos

  • Imran Sourjah

    Divemaster

    Imran Sourjah

    Divemaster

    Hometown:  Torrance, CA
    Favorite Kona dive site:  Black Hole
    Favorite marine animal:  Flamboyant cuttlefish
    Favorite local restaurant:  Broke da Mouth
    Favorite quote:  “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”
    Favorite land-based activity:  Land??

  • Shanti Mendola

    Fill station specialist and in-house massage therapist

    Shanti Mendola

    Fill station specialist and in-house massage therapist

    Hometown:  Tuscon
    Favorite Kona dive site:  Pyramid Pinnacles
    Favorite marine animal:  Cuttlefish
    Favorite local restaurant:  Loko Wraps
    Favorite quote:  “Do all the interns get glocks?”
    Favorite land-based activity:  Travel the island and not fall in lava

  • Sara Keller

    Position: PADI OWSI

    Sara Keller

    Position: PADI OWSI

    Hometown:  Bismarck, ND

    Favorite Kona dive site: The Dome

    Favorite marine animal:  Whale shark

    Favorite local restaurant: Original Thai

    Favorite quote: Dress like the shark you want to see in the world!

    Favorite land-based activity:  Land-based?

  • Siena Baldi

    Position: Shop crew and Head Artistic Consultant

    Siena Baldi

    Position: Shop crew and Head Artistic Consultant

    Hometown:  Libertyville, IL

    Favorite Kona dive site:  Pu`uhonua O Honaunau (Two Step) at night!

    Favorite marine animal:  Octopus

    Favorite local restaurant:  Shiono Sushi

    Favorite quote:  There’s diem to carpe!

    Favorite land-based activity:  Beach Volleyball

  • Ashlie Niederer

    Position: Shop crew and aspiring Divemaster

    Ashlie Niederer

    Position: Shop crew and aspiring Divemaster

    Hometown:  Lyman, WY

    Favorite Kona dive site:  Crescent Beach

    Favorite marine animal:  Manta Ray (specifically Kenzie)

    Favorite local restaurant:  Rebel Kitchen

    Favorite quote:  “It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea–whether it is to sail or to watch it–we are going back from whence we came.” – John F. Kennedy

    Favorite land-based activity:  Eating cookie dough and/or taking naps

  • Nate Bowden

    Position: Captain

    Nate Bowden

    Position: Captain

    Hometown:  Key West, FL

    Favorite marine animal:  Squid

    Favorite local restaurant:  Kona Inn

    Favorite quote:  “You’ll never, never know if you never, never go.”

    Favorite land-based activity:  Rambling around

  • 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 "Turtleface" Mitchell

    PADI MSDT, Captain, Executive Director: Sea Turtle Conservancy

    Tim "Turtleface" Mitchell

    PADI MSDT, Captain, Executive Director: Sea Turtle Conservancy

    Hometown: Turtle Island
    Favorite Turtle Reef, Maui!
    Favorite marine animal: Turtles
    Favorite local restaurant: Turtle Bay Restaurant, Oahu
    Favorite quote: “I’m as self-contained as a turtle. When I put my key in the ignition, I have my home right behind me.”
    Favorite topside activity: Turtle Racing/Raising

     

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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