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Kimi Werner, Maui born and raised champion spearfisher and freediver, artist and chef-hunter. The ocean has long been a source of sustenance, inspiration and adventure for Kimi. At any given time, there’s a good chance you’ll find Kimi packing her bags for a new adventure—on land or in the sea. Whether she’s mingling with people from different cultures, learning about an area’s natural resources or hitching a ride on the dorsal fin of a great white shark, the perennial globetrotter, freediver and spearfisher is always on the move.
Born and raised on Maui, Kimi fostered a deep connection to her island home at a very early age. This intrinsic bond with nature became a guiding force in her life, leading her to follow in her father’s footsteps and take up spearfishing and freediving. Only later as an adult on Oahu did she understand the central role the ocean was to play in her life when she discovered her own passion for freediving
She is renowned for her remarkable ability to hold her breath for more than four minutes while freediving to reach depths of over 150 feet, Kimi won every category she entered at the 2008 U.S. National Spearfishing Championships in the dark waters off Newport, Rhode Island. Her daily life is a pure fusion of her talents she continues to inspire others as an ambassador of nature, accomplished chef and professional artist who embodies the heart and soul of simple and sustainable living which is geared toward a healthy future for our global community.
Today, Kimi continues to be an advocate for responsible food sourcing and the importance of healthy oceans. “We all have different skill sets,” she says. “It comes down to connecting with a cause, and then figuring out the best way that each of us can help with the abilities we possess.”