14 Famous People from Maui, Hawaii

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Actress Sasha Barrese of The Hangover (Parts I, II, III) and other films

14 Famous People from Maui, Hawaii

Published 7/17/2024 by the Maui Happy Hours team

Not Famous People that Visit Maui

We all know that famous people visit Maui on a regular basis. Ultra-famous people like Oprah, Owen Wilson, Adam Sandler, Jeff Bezos, Alice Cooper, Jim Carrey, Steven Tyler, Mick Fleetwood, and others are known to have homes on Maui or visit Maui frequently. But this article isn’t about that. We’re diving into famous people from Maui that are actually FROM Maui. Maybe the list will surprise you. Maybe we missed someone. Please feel free to let us know in the comments.

1. Kai Lenny – Professional Surfer

Kai Lenny is a world-renowned big wave surfer, windsurfer, kitesurfer, and stand-up paddleboarder from Maui. Known for his fearless approach to riding some of the biggest waves in the world, Lenny has won numerous awards and competitions across various water sports disciplines. Lenny’s innovative techniques and passion for the ocean have made him a global ambassador for surfing. He continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in water sports and is an inspiration to aspiring surfers around the world.

Kai Lenny – Professional Surfer
Kai Lenny – Professional Surfer

2. Shane Victorino – Baseball Player

Shane Victorino, also known as the “Flyin’ Hawaiian,” is a former professional baseball outfielder. He played in MLB for teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Boston Red Sox. Born in Wailuku, Maui, Victorino is a two-time World Series champion and a four-time Gold Glove Award winner. Victorino is celebrated for his speed, defensive prowess, and clutch performances in the playoffs. After retiring from baseball, he has remained active in the community and continues to support youth sports and other charitable causes in Hawaii.

Shane Victorino – Baseball Player
Shane Victorino – Baseball Player

3. Kurt Suzuki – Baseball Player

Kurt Suzuki is a professional baseball catcher who has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for teams such as the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, and Washington Nationals. Born and raised in Maui, Suzuki has had a successful career, including winning a World Series with the Nationals in 2019. Suzuki is known for his defensive skills and leadership on the field. Off the field, he is involved in various charitable activities, including supporting the fight against ALS through the Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation.

Kurt Suzuki – Baseball Player
Kurt Suzuki – Baseball Player

4. Michael Reeves – YouTube and Twitch Star

Michael Reeves is an accomplished YouTube star and Twitch streamer and might be one of the most famous people from Maui that you’ve never heard of. He was born in Maui in 1997 and raised there for most of his life into early adulthood. As a child, Reeves quickly lost interest in traditional schooling and began teaching himself to code. Years later, Reeves found himself doing contract programming work for the feds as he was pursuing a degree from Northern Arizona University. It was at this time that he released his first YouTube video: *The Robot That Shines a Laser in Your Eye*. He later dropped out of college and grew his YouTube following to almost 7 million subscribers with videos focused on robotics, coding, and just being an edge-lord. When Reeves debuted his Twitch stream in June of 2020, it boasted 30,000 viewers.

Michael Reeves YouTube - Famous People from Maui
Michael Reeves has over 6 million subscribers on YouTube (not joking)

5. Sasha Barrese – Actress, Professional Poker Player

Sasha Barrese is an American actress who played important roles in *The Hangover*, *The Hangover Part II*, and *The Hangover Part III* alongside Bradley Cooper. She also played Lindsey in *Undressed* (2001 film) and Virginia in *Let Me In* (2010 film). Born in Maui, Sasha later moved to Paris with her mother Katherine, who used to work there as a model. She then went on to become an accomplished actress and starred in many movies. In addition to *The Hangover* films, Sasha Barrese had many notable roles in blockbuster comedies including *American Pie* and *Legally Blonde*. She announced her plans to become a professional poker player in May 2014 and has competed in several poker tournaments, including the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in 2014. As of 2023, Barrese has just under $130,000 in live tournament earnings.

Sasha Barresse in The Hangover
Sasha Barresse in The Hangover

6. Gavin Leatherwood – Actor

Gavin Leatherwood is an American actor who’s quite famous for his portrayal of Nicholas Scratch in the Netflix series *Chilling Adventures of Sabrina*. He also played the role of Pete in the famous teen drama *Grown-ish*. Gavin was born in Maui and spent a considerable part of his childhood there. He then moved to California and is now based in LA and Vancouver for work. Before he rose to fame, he played a small role on an *NCIS* episode in 2017.

Gavin Leatherwood is famous apparently
Gavin Leatherwood is famous apparently

7. Zahara Davis – Fashion Model

Zahara Davis is an accomplished model who’s earned representation from esteemed modeling agencies in Paris such as Next Models and Karin Model. She was a famous face in *Harper’s Bazaar*, *Cosmopolitan*, *Nylon*, and *Vogue Italy*, among others. Although she was born in Maui, she associates most of her childhood with Bali, Indonesia. Her modeling portfolio can be viewed on her Instagram page @zaharaadavis where she has more than 60,000 followers. Zahara was thirteen years old when she started taking modeling assignments in Bali. Her ambitions demanded that she move to Jakarta for better opportunities, and she did! Both her modeling and her traveling career did not rest until she finally moved to Paris. Her net worth in 2023 is estimated to around $1 million.

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Zahara Davis, Maui->Bali->Paris, people online say she looks like Aaliyah

8. Kiana Tom – Actress and Fitness Model

Kiana Tom is a famous fitness expert who got recognition for her renowned fitness show, “Kiana’s Flex Appeal”, which was aired on ESPN with a record viewership of 80 million. She also starred in several other fitness shows including “Kiana’s Too Fit 2 Quit”, “Kiana’s Hot Summer Nights”, and “Super Bowl Nightlife”, which aired on ABC. She played the role of Maggie in *Universal Soldier: The Return*, which also featured Jean-Claude Van Damme. Before Kiana became a household name, she used to be a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, which are now known as the Las Vegas Raiders. Kiana Tom has won numerous prestigious fitness awards throughout her glorious career. USA Today recognized her as the “Best in Fitness”, and she even received the “Fitness Legend” award from Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. Her claim to fame didn’t stop here and she later even went on to receive the United States Sports Academy Award for her monumental contributions towards health, strength training, and fitness. Kiana is 57 years old, with an estimated net worth of around $1 million but her biggest assets are a bombshell body and a gorgeous smile.

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Kiana Tom, Fitness Model, Actress, NFL Cheerleader

9. Anuhea – Musician

Anuhea Jenkins is a Hawaiian singer-songwriter known for her self-titled debut album in 2009. She was endowed with two Na Hoku Hanohano awards — one for Most Promising Artist and the other for Contemporary Album of the Year. Her second album *For Love* raised money through Kickstarter and was released in 2012. Anuhea picked up the guitar in boarding school and hasn’t put it down since. She always loved the spotlight; during her school days, she worked as an anchor, hosted several shows for local TV channels, and also performed in high school musicals.

Anuhea, Maui musician
Anuhea, Maui musician

10. Lance Reddick – Actor

Lance Reddick is an acclaimed actor known for his roles in *The Wire*, *Fringe*, and the *John Wick* series. Born in Baltimore, Reddick has strong ties to Maui, having spent part of his career and personal life there. Reddick’s commanding presence and distinctive voice have made him a staple in both television and film. He continues to work in high-profile projects and is also a talented musician, having released his own jazz album.

Lance Reddick – Actor
Lance Reddick – Actor

11. Parker McLachlin – Professional Golfer

Parker McLachlin, also known as “The Short Game Chef,” is a professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour. Born and raised in Maui, Parker has a deep connection to the island and its golfing community. He is known for his short game expertise and has transitioned into coaching and creating instructional content for aspiring golfers. Parker’s contributions to the sport extend beyond his playing career, as he actively engages with fans and fellow golfers through social media and workshops.

Parker McLachlin – Professional Golfer
Parker McLachlin – Professional Golfer

12. Willie K – Musician

Willie Kahaiali’i, known as Willie K, was a versatile musician famous for his ability to perform in multiple genres including Hawaiian, jazz, blues, rock, and reggae. Willie K was a celebrated performer in Hawaii and beyond, winning numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards throughout his career. He was a beloved figure until his passing in 2020.

Willie K – Musician
Willie K – Musician

13. Kayla Kosuga – YouTube Star

Kayla Kosuga is a popular YouTube star known for her lifestyle, beauty, and fashion content. Born and raised in Maui, she has garnered a large following on social media platforms, sharing insights into her life and style with her audience.

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Kayla Kosuga – YouTube Star

14. Patricia Jennings – Author

Patricia Jennings is an accomplished author known for her historical and cultural works that often focus on Hawaiian heritage. Born in Maui, she has contributed significantly to the literature and education regarding Hawaii’s rich history and traditions. Her works are well-regarded for their depth of research and engaging storytelling.

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Patricia Jennings – Author

These 14 individuals highlight the diverse talents and accomplishments of people from Maui. From sports and music to digital content creation and literature, Maui continues to be a rich source of notable personalities.

Did we leave anybody off the list of famous people from Maui? Tell us in the comments.

About the Author:

Russell Snyder, the creator of the Maui Happy Hours app, is a writer, ocean enthusiast, and full-time Maui resident who enjoys sampling the island’s best happy hours and sharing his findings with the masses. When not writing about Maui bars and restaurants, you can find him surfing, walking the dogs, or lounging on the beach. Follow Russell on Instagram @russellscottsnyder or contact him via email at russell@bigbeach.co.

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