*KUPUNA, in the language of Hawai'i, are revered elders,

grandparents, and older community members


Our mission is to empower Hawaii's KUPUNA

with Aikido-based philosophies to

preserve and protect their mobile independence



Registration for the February Safe Falling Classes Delayed Again

Because of the major surge in COVID infection rate, the Kupuna Aikido board has decided to continue delaying our classes. Our target audience is Kupuna, so we decided to stay on the side of caution. We realize a lot of people were waiting and will be disappointed. We are also disappointed and were excited about beginning classes again. Once we feel safe opening classes, we will post the information on this website and will also send notifications to everyone on our mailing list.


Kupuna Aikido strives to keep our tuition cost as low as possible.  However, to cover the additional costs for personal protective equipment and COVID safety, we have raised our class tuition to $50 per session. 


The target population of KuA students tend to be older and more vulnerable.  To help keep all our students safe, we are implementing the following COVID rules. 

  • Everyone must have a completed COVID vaccination card.  Please bring a digital or hard copy of your vaccine card to the first day of class for verification.   

  • Everyone must wear a face mask, which covers nose and mouth, for in all classes. 

  • Temperature checks will be done before each class.  Please stay home if you are not feeling well. 


KuA is working with two universities to determine the effectiveness of our program.  We will be using data from tests, surveys, and class evaluations for the studies.  The data will be provided to the universities without any personal identifying information that can be linked to an individual.  We believe the studies will show that our programs are effective in preventing and reducing injuries from falls.  We are hoping that this will eventually lead to publication in professional journals or presentation at national conferences and identification as an evidence-based program.