Professor David Nuuhiwa

David Kawaiikoolihilihi Nuuhiwa was born to Elizabeth and David Nuuhiwa on December 30, 1925. The Nuuhiwa family lived in Kauai’s Hanalei River region, then moved to the suburbs of Honolulu, not far from Waikiki Beach.

“Uncle” David loved the water and spent a lot of time during his early years at the beach, becoming both an accomplished surfer and a member of the Waikiki Beach Boys. Nuuhiwa became something of a celebrity in surfing, but few people were aware that he was also an outstanding martial artist, winning more than 100 consecutive matches.   In later years his martial arts skill would provide the opportunity for him to make appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Steve Allen Show.”

Uncle David was not in the first group of students to train under Professor Okazaki, but he did learn from Professor Okazaki as a young man.  He learned most of his Danzan Ryu from John Cahill, one of Professor Okazaki’s original students.

Professor Nuuhiwa eventually moved to Anaheim, California, where he worked for Walt Disney and was instrumental in setting up the Disney security team for the theme park.

In terms of martial arts, Professor Nuuhiwa took much of what he had learned from Professor Okazaki and Professor Cahill and worked it into a new style of his own creation, Kaito Gakko.  The system was believed to have originated between 1935 and 1945.

Professor Nuuhiwa passed away on January 21, 2005, in Honolulu.  His ashes were separated and half were scattered at Waikiki and the other half at Huntington Beach.

Professor David Nuuhiwa (left) pictured with Toru Tanaka (right) at the 1995 Shoshin Ryu Reunion