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Manakoa Gymnastics Team

Our competitive team is gearing up for the upcoming competition season.  We train athletes for various JO levels and also specialize in the Xcel Program.  We also have a pre-team or Momentum Program Team (MPT) composed of girls training competitive level skills. We have a talented and hardworking group of gymnasts and an amazingly supportive group of parents. If you’re interested in trying out for our team, please read the information at the bottom of this page.

Important Dates:

Team Awards Banquet: Sunday, February 16. 2020

Upcoming Competitions

State Championship: November 23 & 24, 2019

Aloha Gymfest: January 17, 18, & 19, 2020

princess classic - October 12-13, 2019

1st Place Team Award at the 2019 Princess Classic

1st Place Team Award at the 2019 Princess Classic


In the Child A Category

  • Elise Jorgensen won 1st place on vault, floor, and the all around

  • Lena Fukushima won 2nd on vault, bars, floor, and the all around

  • Maliu Kalua-Ching won 3rd on vault, 4th on bars, beam, and the all around

  • Nancy Dobson also took 4th on vault and bars and the all around

In the Child B Category

  • Kyra Kaneshiro won 1st on vault, bars, beam and the all around

  • Faith Takushi won 2nd on beam, 3rd on vault, floor, and the all around

  • Lilyana Andrews won 2nd on vault and bars, and 4th in the all around

  • Karina Augustin won 2nd on bars, 3rd on beam, and was 5th in the all around

In the Junior A Category

  • Kate Nash won 1st on floor, 2nd on vault, 3rd on beam, and was 2nd all around

  • Skyllie Sakuma took 2nd on beam and floor and was 4th in the all around

  • Gwen Jorgensen won 1st place on vault, 5th on beam, and was 6th all around

  • Alexis Stroeh won 5th on floor, 6th on beam, and 7th all around

In the Junior B Category

  • Holly LeDoux won 1st place on beam, 2nd on bars, and 3rd on floor and the all around

  • Maya Coloma won 2nd on vault, 4th on bars, beam, floor, and the all around

  • Addie Lautenslager won 1st on vault and was 5th on bars, beam, floor, and the all around

Hawaii State Championships - November 18, 2018

2018 State Championships .jpeg

The State Championships were a great closing to the 2018 Competitive Season for our team. Team Manakoa swept the podium in the coveted All Around. Gwen Jorgensen is the reigning 2018 All Around Hawaii State Champion XB Level with a score of 37.550! She is also Hawaii’s State Champion on vault, beam, and floor.

Momentum Program Team


Picture Highlights from January 18 & 19 2019

team Manakoa Competition Hairstyle

2018 Manakoa Team Awards Banquet Photos

Looking to Join our Manakoa Competitive Team ‘Ohana?

When considering a gymnastics program, it is helpful to understand the different divisions in women’s artistic gymnastics. The JO compulsory (levels 2-5), the JO optional (levels 6-10), or the Xcel (XB-XP levels). Gymnasts can jump back and forth from the JO compulsory to the Xcel divisions and vice versa. All of the above mentioned are based on USA Gymnastics competition code of points. Below are some differences:

JO Optional Levels and all Xcel Levels

  • Individualized floor choreography and individual music.

  • The upward mobility requirements allow gymnasts more flexibility and individualization of skills.

  • Makes for a far more rewarding experience for gymnasts because each is able to continue to progress at her pace and get to showcase her best skills.

JO Compulsory Levels 2 to 5

  • Same floor music and same choreography for all gymnasts on all events

  • The upward mobility and skill requirements at each level is restrictive to only those gymnasts who achieve all of the skills required on all events for each level.

  • Easier for coaches to teach the same skills and routines leaving very little, to no room, for individualization.


If you’ve competed in the compulsory JO program where all routines are the same for everyone and are looking for a more individualized and flexible program, the Xcel division may be a better fit. If you are 9 or older and have only competed JO level 3, Xcel may be a better fit for you. If you are looking to have an individualized floor choreography and dance to music selected specially for you, then the Xcel program would be the best fit for you. Manakoa team coaches individualize beam and floor routines that highlight your skills and personality. They help you advance and challenge you to achieve skills in a safe and nurturing environment where team work and camaraderie are encouraged.

If you’re interested in trying out for our team, please email us at manakoagym@gmail.com.