Kainoa Zimmerman may at first glance appear to be an average teen.
But he is anything but just that. He’s a rad motocross racer, a visionary, and an entrepreneur. All at the tender age of 18.
The motocross community loves his products and so do his peers. Made of high-quality materials, drippy aesthetics and creative design, Makani represents a new wave of the athleisure lifestyle.
Makani Clothing Co. is also a chosen sponsor of Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Championship. He’s even partnered with MX events, including the Friday Night Fashion Show at the Monster Energy Arena. The event he’s dedicated his life to is now spotlighting his own creation.
Barely at six-year-old, he started being a part of the community when he watched the legends of motocross racing on TV and knew one day he would take part. Motocross was everything he wanted: leadership, competition, and creative expression. But there was one big thing on his bucket list: Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championship, the world’s largest amateur competition for MX racing.
Kai soon found his love for motocross was about more than the races themselves–it was a way for him to be the change he wanted to see in the world. He wanted to bridge the gap between streetwear and activewear, while empowering teens to self-care and self-love.
Like many Asian-Americans, especially in the competitive sports industry, Kai experienced a grapple of self-acceptance. The struggle to conform led him to embrace his individuality and reflect on his cultural roots. He began to take pride in his identity as a Japanese-American. When it came to self-expression, Kai understood the assignment.
And, Makani Clothing Co. is not just for athletes. From nutraceuticals to hoodies to swimwear and more, there is nothing his brand doesn’t offer. And it comes from a designer who genuinely cares for quality, creativity and fulfillment. As a CEO, Kai personally promotes living life to its fullest, while #lovingyourself along the way. He is currently working on brand expansion and collabs, products you won’t want to miss in the near future.
Kai doesn’t always spend every hour of his day focusing on the grind, but when he does, his success speaks for itself.