About Us

Hawaii Speed and Quickness is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been serving Hawaii’s youth and families since 2000.  The clinics were first established in order to instruct Hawaii youths looking to gain a competitive edge through innovative and state-of-the-art training techniques designed to improve an athlete’s speed, quickness, agility and balance. The company has since expanded to include an array of services targeting at-risk youth and disadvantaged communities. HSQ’s services have included recreational programming; speed and agility clinics; evening school based clinics for parents, coaches and community members; group mentoring with University of Hawaii student-athletes at schools and clinics; weekend and after school programming and the creation and implementation of a drug prevention campaign that visits elementary schools with student-athletes.

Our Mission

To provide any child access to exceptional sports training and mentoring to maximize personal success and healthy living in life regardless of geographic, financial, or demographic circumstance. To achieve our mission, Hawaii Speed and Quickness, Refuse to Use and Refuse to Lose Program will use athletics, mentoring and proven curriculum as an effective tool in substance use prevention and intervention for youth and families.

Our Team

RICH MIANO

Rich Miano co-founded Hawaii Speed and Quickness in 2000. He actively works on all levels of services from design, research and implementation. Rich has extensive professional experience in athletics and played 11 years in the National Football League. He is a graduate of Kaiser High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Hawaii and is often a volunteer at local schools, churches and the Cancer Association. Rich is also the former Football Associate Head Coach at the University of Hawaii. His experience as a football player and coach enabled him to accumulate vast knowledge of the importance of speed and quickness training and its benefits to all sports.

LORI MIANO

Lori Miano has been the COO since 2000 and currently serves as the Vice President. She has 15 years in youth services as an administrator, Juvenile Parole Officer, treatment caseworker, prevention worker and grant writer. Lori is a graduate of Aiea High School and worked in Massachusetts State Youth Services. She came back to Hawaii in 1989 as the Hawaii State Director for Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., Adolescent Services Division. She has since worked in the design and development of Hawaii Speed and Quickness programs and services. Lori is married and the mother of two beautiful children, Kupaa and Siena.


CHAD IKEI

Coach Chad Ikei is a 5-time National Weightlifting Champion that holds 21 National Weightlifting Records in 2 weight divisions and is an 8-time World Record Holder in Powerlifting. Coach Ikei also made the record books as the youngest & lightest athlete to ever record a bench press of 303 pounds at the age of 17 years old and weighing in at 112 lbs bodyweight. Coach Ikei spent 6 years training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs before retiring and turning to the field of strength & conditioning where he utilizes his experience to help prepare athletes for the next level.

Richard Torres

Leonard Peters

Rocky Svaaianaea

Tala Esera

Lahainaluna High & Intermediate Staff & Partners

Rich Miano
President

Lori Miano
COO

Lehua Soares
Admin Asst. / Data Coordinator

Scott Soldwisch
STEP Program Director

Jonathan Conrad
LST Coordinator

Ikaika Bennet
Lead Sports Trainer

Angela Sy, PhD
Lead Evaluator

Kevin Nitta
Accountant / Premier Business Services

Keao Ne Smith, PhD
Cultural Advisor

Kapa'a High School Staff & Partners

Rich Miano
President

Lori Miano
COO

Lehua Soares
Admin Asst. / Data Coordinator

Greg Gonsalves
STEP Program Director

Calvin Paleka
LST Coordinator

Jeff Nelson
Lead Sports Trainer

Angela Sy, PhD
Lead Evaluator

Kevin Nitta
Accountant / Premier Business Services

Keao Ne Smith, PhD
Cultural Advisor

 

Hawaii Speed and Quickness has a very experienced senior staff with years of youth programming. The most important part of all our staff are the scholar athletes that are trained in mentoring. These outstanding young people work in all divisions interacting and providing mentoring, role modeling, coaching and encouragement. Former University of Hawaii stand-outs Leonard Peters, Krisha Kai, Chad Owens, Colt Brennan, Davone Bess, Kelly Ong, Ryan Grice-Mullins, Koren Takeyama and Matt Inouye have all been integral parts in our program. Not to mention all of the dedicated, hard working people that are behind the scenes who make these programs a reality for Hawaii’s youth.

My children love Hawaii Speed and Quickness. Since attending Hawaii Speed and Quickness, my children have grown socially, emotionally and physically. They have met and are continuing to meet new friends, coaches and mentors. The coaches show and encourage the children to do their best, show that everyone is a winner, promote teamwork and boost their self esteem, confidence and worth. Hawaii Speed and Quickness has also helped my children physically. The drills they practice have made my children faster, have more agility, be less clumsy, increased their reaction time and made them healthier. They look forward to the each and every clinic.

RUTHIE BARBADILLO

Speed and agility are crucial to the success of an athlete at any level. Having skill in your sport is important, but without a solid base of quickness and agility, you cannot reach your potential as an athlete. My team trains with these methods on a weekly basis and we owe much of our success to what we do off the volleyball court and in the weight room and gym.

DAVE SHOJ

At the division one level, the soccer players who excel are the ones who are constantly working to improve their speed, quickness, agility, and skills. If a player only works on their skills and neglects these other areas they will be unable to compete at the highest level in our sport. I constantly tell our players at the University of Hawai'i that everyone is good in college soccer, but the players who find the most success are the ones who are relentless on improving their speed, quickness, agility, and skills.

JOSH FOUTS

Our son, Evan, attends Hawaii Speed and Quickness regularly. He enjoys doing the variety of drills and techniques. No session is exactly the same, there is always something new or different for the participants to learn. The athletes/instructors seem to be selected for their ability to teach and interact in a supportive manner, with positive feedback. Whether you’re an athlete with aspirations of a college career, or just trying to learn to develop speed and agility, the staff has the experience of reaching the highest competitive levels themselves, and is extremely accessible to help you reach any goal that you’ve set for yourself, on or off the field/court. Our son is one of the youngest participants, and the instructors in his age group are, simply put, nurturing and patient. He’s not only learned some of the latest techniques, but he’s also learned what it means to be a part of a group. The instructors have taught him lessons that will help him be a better person down the road. As I look around the gym, I wonder who has more fun, the kids, the instructors, or the parents! We’re extremely proud of what Evan has accomplished, and we appreciate what the entire staff at Hawaii Speed and Quickness has provided! Mahalo Nui Loa!

JOHN AND DIONNE RAU

Board of Directors

Kent Untermann
Board Chair
Term 2004 – 2016
Pictures Plus, CEO

Marco Johnson
Vice Chair
Term 2004 – 2016
Antelope Medical University
CEO/Founder

Danja Hayashi
Term 2011 – 20016
BMW, Controller

Greg Meier
Term 2004 – 2016
Coffee Partners Hawaii, CFO

Michael Tresler
Term 2007 – 2016
Grove Farms, CPA

Catherine Wallen
Term 2015 – 2017
Haas Insulation, COO

Kristine Nakaoka
Term 2015 – 2017
Retired Public School Teacher