SGT Kawaiola Nahale, Reserve

Current Location:

  Wahiawa, Hawaii

Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)/Current Occupation:

  36B (Budget analyst)

WTU of Recovery:

  Schofield Barracks, Warrior Transition Unit, Hawaii


  Honolulu, Hawaii


  West Hawaii Explorations Academy, Hawaii; Honolulu Community College, Hawaii



Injury or Illness:


Sgt. Kawaiola Nahale was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father first took her to the water when she was a month old; a very old custom for Hawaiian families. Her parents started taking her to swim lessons once she turned four years old and has been swimming competitively since she was six years old.

Some of her favorite events include the 500m free, 800m free, 1500m free, and 200m breaststroke. Sgt. Nahale has swum for various teams and coaches during her 12-year career.

When Sgt. Nahale found out she had cancer, she was very nervous about not being around for her daughter. “The water is my healing place. After all my surgeries and restrictions, being in the water was my place of peace. “

“I enjoy competitive swimming because it allows me to do something I love while staying in shape.”

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Year Event Results


U.S. Army Warrior Trials


Invictus Games


Warrior Games Silver 50mfree Open (Swimming)
Silver 100m free Open (Swimming)
Silver 50mback Open (Swimming)
Gold 50mBreast Open (Swimming)


Warrior Games Gold Women’s 100m Freestyle 6.0 (Swimming)
Silver Women’s 50m Breaststroke 6.0 (Swimming)
Silver Women’s 50m Backstroke 6.0 (Swimming)
Bronze Women’s 50m Freestyle 6.0 (Swimming)