Grandmaster of Kara-Ho Kempo Karate: Samuel Kuoha

His perserverance in the arts of constantly innovating to make one better was pushed unto one of his students, Sam Alama Kuoha.

Kuoha's martial arts career started at the age of four when he was trained by his Uncle, Sensei Joe Mack Makahilahila, who was also taking care of him at that time. As he grew older the fasination was even more apparent as he watched his father, also Sam Kuoha, a full blooded Hawaiian who trained in the Hawaiian Art called, "Lua". The translation of Lua is referred to as "bonecrushing" and indeed it was so. At the age of 10, while training in Judo at the local YMCA, he observed a karate class going on, and after watching it for a while, he approached his mother to take lessons. After a couple of years in Judo, he was introduced to a karate instructor, named Charles Kuheana.

As things would turn out, Kuheana was a protege of Professor Chow. Kuoha ended up living in the same home set up as a Buddhist Temple, along with 5 other students training nearly 10 hours daily. Kuheana started Kuoha in the Chinese Kenpo System. The meeting of Kuoha and Chow occurred several times during when the training was held at the Salvation Army Gym. The training of Chow was tough and demanding and for this reason he rarely taught the younger generation. Unlike Chow, Kuheana was extremely patient and understanding with the students. Kuoha assisted Kuheana at the gym teaching others and at times had almost 100 students.

After high school, Kuoha got married and moved to back to an area where he lived originally all his life, called the Kalihi Area, known as a tough neighborhood and which he grew up as a youngster. There he met with Professor Chow, who only lived the very next street away. Kuoha's dream of becoming a law enforcement officer was starting to fade as in Hawaii at that time a strict height and weight requirement was enforced (at 21 years old, Kuoha stood 5' 10" and weighed a mere 135 #). Kuoha did in fact have an opportunity to train the new officers in hand to hand combat, (better known as defensive tactics). As things would have it, Kuoha moved to California and started training in various systems to include Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu and an art that he truly loves for the internal teachings, Aikido. Being homesick for the Kenpo Art, he made several calls to Hawaii, but no-one knew of the where-abouts of Chow.