*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



Safe Falling Class Applications Now Open

We are now accepting applications for the 2022 safe falling and low impact aikido classes. To apply, please see below. The classes for this session are:

**Ahuimanu (Kaneohe) classes will be on Tuesdays, April 26 until June 21, 9 consecutive weeks.

- Safe Falling Foundation Class, A8A, [class is now full]
- Safe Falling Foundation Class, A8B, [
class is now full]

**Higashi Hongwanji (Liliha) classes will be on Wednesdays, April 27 thru June 22, 9 consecutive weeks.

- Safe Falling Foundation Class, H8A, [class is now full]
- Low Impact Aikido Class, H8C, 10:10 am – 11:00 am   
- Safe Falling Foundation Class, H8B, [class is now full]

**Mililani classes. There will NOT be any safe falling classes at Mililani until Fall 2022. The
Mililani District Park is restricting use of the gym during this session for summer fun use only.

Note: There are usually more applicants than available class spaces. The class instructor will
reply by email if we have a space for you in a class. Only students who have been contacted by
an instructor for a class should fill out the registration paperwork.


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.