*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 next Safe Falling Classes will be in January

Registration is closed for the August – Sept Kupuna Aikido foundation falling classes.  Registration for the next session will be in January 2023.  The beginning date for registration and class dates are still pending.   Please watch this website for course updates.  For students interested in learning more about Aikido, we are offering low impact aikido classes at Ahuimanu and Higashi.  Tuition for all classes is $50 for 8 weeks.  To apply for any class, please see below. The classes offered this session are:

**Ahuimanu (Kaneohe) classes will be on Tuesdays, AUG 9 – SEP 27, 8 weeks.

47-332 Hui Koloa Place, Kaneohe, Hi 96744

- Safe Falling Foundation Class, A9A, 9:00 – 9:50  [CLOSED]

- Safe Falling Foundation Class, A9B, 10:00 - 10:50  [CLOSED]

Low Impact Aikido Class, A9C, 11:00 – 11:50  [CLOSED]

**Higashi Hongwanji (Liliha) classes will be Wednesdays, AUG 10 – SEP 28, 8 weeks

- Safe Falling Foundation Class, H9A, 9:00 – 9:50  [CLOSED] 

- Safe Falling Foundation Class, H9B, 10:00 - 10:50  [CLOSED]

Low Impact Aikido Class, H9C, 11:00 – 11:50 [CLOSED]

**Mililani (District Park) classes will be Thursdays, AUG 18- Oct 6, 8 weeks.

- Safe Falling Foundation Class, M9A, 9:30 – 10:20 [CLOSED]
- Safe Falling Foundation Class, M9B, 1030 – 11:20 [CLOSED]

Note:  Class space is limited and there are usually more applicants than available class spaces. The class instructor will notify you by email if we have a space for you in a class.  Instructors normally respond within 48 hrs of your application.   Only students who have been confirmed by an instructor for a class should fill out the class registration paperwork.


The target population of KuA students tend to be older and more vulnerable to COVID.  To keep everyone safe, the following COVID rules will apply. 

  • 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. 

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well. 


KuA is working with two universities to determine the effectiveness of our program.  We will use 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.

Free Safe Falling Presentations

September is National Fall Prevention month.  In support of that, KuA is doing several free safe falling presentations at the libraries listed below.  Please pass on the information to anyone you know that might be interested.  For more information about these presentations, please contact the individual library.  We are also working with other libraries for more presentations at other locations and will list them here once they are finalized. 


  • Pearl City Library, postponed to August 26, 10 am

  • Mililani Library, Sept 24, 11 am