The Haleiwa Shark Tours Story
Haleiwa Shark Tours is the only place in the North Shore that is fully owned and operated by Native Hawaiians. What better way to know that you’re getting an authentic Hawaiian experience? Both Kala Alexander and Makua Rothman are professional big wave surfers who have spent their lives on the island. You might even recognize Kala from his TV and movie roles or Makua as Global Big Wave Award winner! Check out their bios below before you arrive for your Shark Dive!
Kala Alexander is a Native Hawaiian big wave surfer, professional waterman, and founder of Nani Kai Ocean Adventures and Go Fishing Hawaii. He has over 40 years of experience in the ocean. Born in Wahiawa on O‘ahu and raised mostly on Kaua‘i, Kala is also a father of five, actor, stuntman, and producer. He has a regular character on shows Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI. He has also played parts in films Blue Crush, Into the Blue Part 2, The Inhumans, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He also hosted an episode of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week called “Sharkageddon” in 2014. Kala is one of the founders of the Mauli Ola Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with genetic disorders. Kala can always be found in the water — if not on a surfboard, then on one of his many boats in Hale‘iwa Harbor.
Makua Rothman is a Native Hawaiian big wave surfer, accomplished musician, and father of three. Growing up on the North Shore of O‘ahu, Makua was surfing by age 2, and by the time he was 18, he had caught the world’s biggest wave (66 feet) and won the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award — the youngest surfer ever to achieve such a feat. He was also the youngest invitee to the prestigious Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational at the age of 18, and he was crowned the Big Wave World Champion in 2015. As a singer and ukulele player, Makua continues to grow his musical repertoire and is passionate about sharing Hawaiian culture with the world.