We Design, Build & Operate Surf Resorts And Villages Around The World.
We’re from Hawai’i, We Surf and Our Goal Is To Help
Make The World A Better Place
By Sharing The Joy Of Surfing.

  • Our Team
Keno

Keno Knieriem

Executive Team

Founder + CEO - Keno and his late father, Kenan Knieriem, started Honokea in 2011 to create a new kind of real estate development company that used man-made wave technologies to create surf resorts and urban experiences and share Hawaii’s values. Keno grew up in Hawaii, graduated from Punahou School and attended the US Naval Academy where he majored in naval architecture and hydrofoil engineering. After graduation he served seven years in the Navy where he managed and ran multi-million dollar nuclear submarine maintenance projects. In 2014, Keno led the conceptual planning, site acquisition and design of the world’s largest surf park, now up and running in Austin, Texas.

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Brian

Brian Keaulana

Executive Team

Co-Founder, President - Brian, the son of legendary waterman and big-wave rider Buffalo Keaulana, grew up on the beach of Makaha learning about surfing, diving and water safety from his Dad. Brian went on to surf some of the biggest waves on the planet and became the Lifeguard Captain for the West Side. He developed new approaches to water safety in big surf and invented the equipment to support it. He was the first to use the jet ski in water rescue operations and invented the rescue sled that the ski tows. He was a founder of C4 Watermen where he used his understanding of watersports to help design and create a line of new ocean recreation products including an inflatable stand-up board and the world-famous SUPsquatch, a surfboard for six riders. Brian trains elite military units and lifeguards around the world and is the go-to-stuntman for Hollywood’s most dangerous water stunts. At home, Brian and his family, are well known for sharing their love of the ocean to inspire kids and adults from all walks of life.

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Jack

Jack Mc Grory

Executive Team

Director, Real Estate - Based in the San Diego area, Jack McGrory’s career has deep roots in both government and private enterprise. After working for 23 years for the City of San Diego—six of them as City Manager— Jack began a second career in business; as CEO of Price Enterprises, specializing in real estate investments. From 1999-2000 Jack was CEO of the San Diego Padres. As president of a subsidiary group, he oversaw the building of Petco Park and adjacent commercial development. A graduate of Colgate University, Jack also earned a master’s in Public Administration from San Diego State University as well as a law degree from the University of San Diego. He is a lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University; he also served as a lecturer in the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of California, San Diego.

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John

John Kojima

Executive Team

Chief Financial Officer - John Kojima’s extensive background includes work in accounting, television, development, and attraction managment. Chief Financial Officer at Honokea since 2013, he previously served as CFO for Atlantis Submarines Hawaii, an operator of a submarine tour, dinner cruise yacht and ancillary recreational activities. John has also served on the Hawaii Eco-Tourism board and Financial Executives International-Hawaii chapter board. John is a passionate advocate for social equity and an avid marathon runner.

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Steve

Steve Yuen

Executive Team

Planning and Design - Master architect Steve Yuen served as principal designer for Group 70 International, Hawaii’s premier design firm. Supervising over 3 billion dollars in projects throughout the Pacific, his large-scale work includes master plans and design for 21 large resorts, nine large residential communities, 18 commercial projects, and ten educational cultural and interpretive projects that focused on balancing urban expansion and mixed-use development and redevelopment. Steve earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard. He is a licensed architect in both Hawaii and Massachusetts. A Hawaii native and avid waterman, his approach to projects is environmentally, culturally, and economically holistic. His style reflects values related to community and the importance of civilized social engagement.

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Janos

Janos Palko

Executive Team

Director of Marketing - Janos has a BA in Marketing from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and over 6 years of marketing experience in the surf industry. He also has extensive experience in graphic design, photography, writing, and videography. Janos grew up surfing on Oahu, and is a graduate of Punahou School.

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Katie

Katie Knieriem

Executive Team

Co Founder, Business Development - A proud Mom and entrepreneur, Katie’s background is in customer relations, marketing and management. Her degree from American University is in business and pre-law and she received her MBA from the University of Hawaii in 2015. Katie is a hula dancer and a certified personal trainer and shares her passion for health by teaching fitness, nutrition & balance classes. She is a graduate of Punahou School.

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