Meet Our Ohana

Maui Waveriders in Kihei is owned by Tom, Alisa and Noa Castleton and in Lahaina by  Samantha. Our Kihei location is operated under the management of Monika Redins and Joe Hamman(Reservations/Media), and in Lahaina under the management of Kelson Kihe. We are dedicated to providing each surf student with a fun, safe and unforgettable experience. We adapt our style of teaching to the ability of each student.All instructors are CPR and First Aid trained. All of our instructors are surfers! They are experts at catching waves and love helping people learn how to surf in Hawaii!




Tom Castleton: With Over thirty five years of surfing experience, Tom has personally taught thousands to surf in one easy lesson! Tom and the Ohana have surfed some of the largest waves at Pipeline on the North Shore and have been featured in many surf movies and magazines all around the world.




AldenALDEN: Alden is originally from Waikiki, Oahu and has been surfing for over 30 years. He loves to teach the sport that originated in Hawaii, to keep the culture alive!

FUN FACT: “I am the great grandnephew of Duke Kahanamoku, the founder of surfng.” Have fun in the sun!

IMG_0008INA: Originally from Samoa, Ina moved to Maui back in 2004. He loves to spend time with his family, and his 3 beautiful kids.

FUN FACT: Ina trained Gerard Butler to surf for his main role in the movie Mavericks.



SOL: Sol has been with MWR for many years and has been surfing all of her life! Originally from Mexico, Sol travels the world for great surf.





BenBEN: Ben has been one of our top instructors since the beginning and has taught thousands of students how to surf!! Ben loves spending his days surfing and hanging with his kids!


Ola: Ola brings culture into his lessons, teaching Hawaiian history in each of his lessons, showing his surf skills in the process. Ola has taught countless students to surf, imparting Aloha into his lessons.







IMG_0032Kekoa: Born and raised on Maui, Kekoa grew up surfing with the cove Ohana since he was 6. Hawaiian culture is everything to Kekoa and he is always ready to share his passion for the history.



IMG_0039Mack:Mack: Mack Crilly is a born and raised Maui boy who grew up surfing and stand-up bodyboarding. Mack Participates in surfing and bodyboard competitions in off seasons and has won many championships!

IMG_1006Kazuma:Kazuma is always on the go traveling the world for new waves! He is one of our dedicated surf instructors and Surf Safari guides. Kazuma pushes the limits of surfing, and he brings that passion to his surf lessons!




RENTONRenten: Originally from Kailua and Waimanalo on Oahu, Renten surfed for 7 years as a teen and took the sport back up at the young age of 41. His favorite part about teaching is seeing the joy and smiles…the bright eyes of students who discover a fresh and new hobby, sport and lifestyle. Renten enjoys longboarding but says “Don’t TIP your longboard…share your Aloha with your hardworking instructor!”


SONNYSonny: Originally from Maui, Sonny loves to play the ukulele all the time. He has surfed every break in Maui. What he loves about teaching is the priceless look on his student’s faces. The joy that they have makes him want to do it over and over again.


TODDTodd: Todd started surfing at the age of 9 and was a high school surf team captain. Todd graduated with a BA degree in Sociology from Cal State University Long Beach. Currently living on the upper west side of Maui, Todd’s favorite surf spot in Honolua Bay. Go Honolua Boyz! When not surfing you can find Todd riding dirt bikes or sleeping. Todd’s favorite Maui surfer is Talvi Koehler because he does the best chop-hops.


Please feel free to request an instructor! If they referred you to us, be sure to mention it when making your reservation. We apologize ahead of time if the instructor of your choice is not available for your lesson. We will do our best to grant your request, however no matter what, we promise you will have a great time. All of our instructors are incredible surfers and even better teachers!