Welcome to Aumakua Fitness, Tampa Bay's #1 Functional Fitness and Cross Training Gym!

aumakua fitness group photo after the 2022 murph
fit men doing pullups on a rig for the murph workout

Aumakua Fitness was founded on the principal that time spent in the gym should enrich your life beyond the physical. At Aumakua Fitness, we believe the social and emotional connections made during workouts are what make us more than a gym- we are OHANA! We offer a diverse and welcoming environment that is designed to be approachable for both the seasoned athlete and those new to fitness.  Everyone’s goals are respected, and everyone’s wins are celebrated! Coaches are trained to not only lead you through our cross training workouts and personal training sessions, but also to identify and address any issues and offer supportive exercise or scaling options for the athlete. Come try us out today and claim your FREE CLASS!

Coach Kui

Owner & Head Coach

Meet Coach Makineti Hafoka (you can call her Coach Kui)! Kui is the head coach and owner of Aumakua Fitness. Kui is from Hawaii and is of both Hawaiian and Tongan descent.

Kui is a U.S. Army Veteran that served 2 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and achieved the rank of Sergeant prior to retiring from the military.  Kui was a Chemical Biological Nuclear Specialist and has Combat Life Saver certifications and a Master Fitness Trainer certification that she received while serving. 

Kui began helping soldiers become physically fit for deployment and fell in love with personal training. This experience drove her to pursue a career in the field of personal training and fitness.

Aumakua Fitness was created after Kui became dissatisfied with the standard of care and passion that other gyms offered their members and clients. Kui’s goal for Aumakua Fitness is to create a welcoming environment for all that embodies the spirit of “Aloha”!

Kui’s Certifications: NASM Certification, Post/Pre Fitness Certifications, Physical Therapy Certifications, First Aid, Crossfit Level 2, Nutrition Specialist Certification

Coach Lindsey

Coach & Powerlifting Instructor

Lindsey is a born & raised Tampa girl. She graduated from USF with her Bachelor’s in Sociology & Gerontology in 2014 and received her Master’s  in Geriatrics from the University of North Florida in 2016. 

Since she was in grade school, Lindsey was always interested in fitness and athletics. During her time in graduate school, Lindsey was pivotal in the development of overall wellness programs for people aging with intellectual disabilities and trained staff at care facilities and state care providers. 

Advocating for and empowering traditionally marginalized and underserved populations through health-based initiatives became a passion for Lindsey.

Lindsey was a decorated endurance cyclist who found cross training in 2016. From there, Lindsey explored bodybuilding and powerlifting and became well versed in several different training methodologies. Lindsey’s experience and compassionate approach to training makes her a great fit for beginners or those with more diverse physical abilities.  

Lindsey’s Certifications: ISSA Personal Trainer, ISSA Strength & Conditioning Coach