Makala Kozo Hattori

Makala Kozo Hattori is a surfer, filmmaker, writer, college English teacher, world traveler – and a proud father of two sons. Having spent time in India with famous gurus, he came to realize that many everyday people, places, and things could be just as powerful as meeting self-realized masters. In July 2015, he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, which put him on a path of reconnecting with his Hawaiian roots. “I am learning to be thankful for all the miracles that occur everyday,” he says. He remains an active volunteer with ServiceSpace, and blogs about his journey at