A 501(c)(3) nonprofit boxing gym dedicated to providing a safe and positive training environment for our community.
Founded in 1932 by Yonoichi “Yono” Kitagawa for residents of the fishing villages of Kaka’ako.
Kaka'ako Boxing Club is the oldest boxing club in the nation!
It was reorganized in 1980 by Masa and George Nakaoka for the youth and young adults of the Kalihi area, Kaka’ako Boxing Club has been an institution in Honolulu for almost a century and plans to continue with its mission to serve the community.
Kaka’ako Boxing Club’s mission is to continue the legacy of Yono, Masa and George Nakaoka by providing underserved and at-risk youth and young adults with mentorship and a safe, judgement-free and positive environment to develop confidence, coordination, healthy habits and life skills through the sport of boxing.
Kaka'ako Boxing Club provides the community's youth with a safe environment, complementary coaching for those in need, and facilities for boxing training as well as opportunities for athletes to compete in local, inter-island and national events.
We pride ourselves on our gym's atmosphere. Anyone who walks through our doors will tell you that we are a large family with members of all walks of life who respect each other and share a common love for the sport of boxing as well as for becoming better human beings.
As testament to the skills developed at Kaka’ako Boxing Club, athletes have not only reached national and world rankings at both the amateur and professional levels of boxing, many have moved on to build successful careers in industries such as Healthcare, Information Technology, Construction, Food and Beverage as well as Government.