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EXPERT TRAINING

ADVANTAGE

Meet Hawaii’s team of experts training athletes of all ages to see, react and perform at their best.

MICHAEL D. BENNETT, MD, FACS

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Dr. Michael D. Bennett, founder and president of Retina Institute of Hawaii and the ENGINE Sports Lab, understands the relationship between how quickly the brain processes information the eye can see – and how that information can lead to intuitive reactions. An accomplished swimmer, proven waterman and active athlete, Dr. Bennett qualified twice for the U.S. Olympic swim team trials, was ranked in the 400 individual medley and subsequently competed as a professional tri-athlete. He has completed multiple Ironman races and has been awarded All-American tri-athlete honors. Dr. Bennett specializes in the treatment of diseases of the vitreous, macula and retina and is actively involved in stem cell research and Hawaii’s first implantable miniature telescope (IMT). Dr. Bennett is also an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He trained at the premier Vitreoretinal Surgery division of Emory School of Medicine.






KELLEN KASHIWA OD

SPORTS VISION SPECIALIST

Born and raised in Hawaii, Dr. Kellen Kashiwa earned his Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University College, where he participated in the research and development studies testing the Nike Sensory Station while specializing in the examination and management of low vision and retinal disease treatment. Dr. Kashiwa’s background in sports vision and low vision rehabilitation allows him to assess visual skills essential for function and improved visual performance. He is a member of the Sport Vision Society of the American Optometric Academy, has completed internships in Japan and China, and treated more than 3,000 patients doing optometric humanitarian work in the Philippines, Peru and Nicaragua. Dr. Kashiwa enjoys playing all sports, from running marathons to stand-up paddling and basketball.






RICHARD LARGO

PERFORMANCE COACH

Born and raised in Hawaii, Richard graduated from Farrington High School. He joined the military after college and has been on multiple deployments. A fellow soldier introduced Richard to CrossFit while on deployment and it instantly changed his life. Richard's main focus is to be CrossFit strong and to encourage others to be as well.

His certifications and degrees include: CrossFit Level 1 | USA Weightlifting Club Coach | CrossFit Kids | CrossFit Football | CrossFit Endurance | CrossFit Running | CrossFit Kettlebell | CrossFit Strongman | Pose Military Running