By: Gracie Singleton
Now that we understand what CrossFit and the CrossFit Games are, let me tell you about the Subionos, or “The Hawaiian Brothers” as they are lovingly referred to as at the games. The three boys grew up on the Hawaiian island of Oahu where their dad, Keoni, owned a CrossFit gym. It was at this gym that they fell in love with the sport, and while they had always known it, they each decided to take it seriously by age 10.
All three of them want to compete as long as they can before retiring as an athlete and shifting their focus to their gym. Currently, at their family gym, Kulani is the accountant in training, Ka’eo is the general manager in training, and Elijah is the head coach in training. For them, CrossFit is their whole life, and they pursue it with a passion for the sport, not just winning or competing. Kulani says that the sport consumes his whole life, but at the end of the day, it’s all worth it. Ka’eo and Elijah share this sentiment saying that it gives them a purpose and has instilled a growth mindset in them and their family.
Their best advice for anyone wanting to pursue their passion is to believe in yourself. They caution to “be ready for it not to be fun,” but if this is your passion, then “no one can stop you.” Ka’eo mentions that it’s important to “find other people that love to do what you do.” Finding a community of supportive individuals is always important no matter what your passion is, and we at Asian Student Achievement are here to support everyone in the AAPI community. If you want to join the community or help our mission to support AAPI students, click here!