First question Peaman, how did you get your name?
“My name began when I was just a kid and every day, I would show up early for school with whatever sporting equipment was required to have fun. I would bring footballs, basketballs, baseballs, gloves and bats, etc. everything needed to play every day! One of the aunties began calling me PEA Pronounced “Pay A" no okina or accent and the word in Hawaiian means fair, carnival, celebration etc. so when we added the two words together PEA MANA , it became celebrating or playing with great spiritual energy! Americanized, it became “PEAMAN!!”
What was your childhood like?
“I was born in Manhattan Beach California and moved to Kailua-Kona when I was five years old. Raised in Kona since then and went to kindergarten through eighth grade at Kealakehe and graduated high school from Konawaena. The thing I’d like to share about my childhood days is that I always loved sports of any kind and being outdoors, surfing, swimming, football, track, basketball baseball etc. or just playing in the bushes as we did as kids. I feel very blessed to have grown up here in a much simpler time!”
All those sports! Is that what lead you to racing as an adult?
“It was an extreme honor to be inducted as the youngest person ever into the Big Island sports Hall of Fame! Although I finished the Kona Ironman triathlon four times, I would not really consider it a highlight in comparison to the fun and camaraderie of both PEAMAN and Team Mango races! I really loved playing football as well as running track and cross country where you were part of a team even though you raced individually! I’ve surfed in surf contests, competed in archery, track, and cross country but I really love the multi-sport of swim-bike-run and the many friends and family that I’ve made in our multi-sport ohana!”
What’s your training and nutrition regime like?
“Training life is pretty simple, just balancing swimming, playing on my bike and walking. I only run on race days to preserve my bones and joints. I also spend a lot of time at Fitness Forever, the gym I’m a partner in. I just really like being outdoors, anywhere from the ocean to the mountains. Nutrition is pretty balanced - I don’t believe in eliminating any food groups. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, and any kind of meat especially fish, beef, turkey etc. Being raised in Hawaii my favorite food is probably POI!"