Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Grant Bramer Head Coach

    Coach Grant Bramer is a USA Swimming Ceritfied Coach, and a member of the American Swimming Coach Association, USA Swimming, National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, and a Hawaii High School Sporting Association Member Coach.  Coach Bramer brings 18 years of coaching experience to the Aloha Aquatics program.  

Coach Bramer's Experience includes:

Coaching 60+ State Qualifiers on the IHSA level, 80+ USA Swimming Level, 20+ Hawaiian Swimming Level,  3 All-Americans, 5 All-State Athletes, 13 Division 1 Swimmers, 8 Division 2 Swimmers, 17 Division 3 Swimmers, 30+ NIIC Conference Champions, 30+ Western Big Six Conference Champions,  30+ School Records Broken, 6.5 years of undefeated perfect seasons, 1 IHSA Sectional Title, 4 Northern Illinois Independent Conference titles, 3 Western Big Six Conference team Titles, 3 Panther Invite Titles, 6 Freeport Invite Titles, 1 Burlington Greyhound Invite Titles, 2 Morrison Invite titles, 8 Junior National Qualifiers, 5 All Metro-Swimmer of the Years, 60+ Illinois LSC Regional Champions, 18 Hawaiian High School State Qualifiers, 2 Hawaiian High School State Champions, 2 Western OIA Divisional Titles, and the Top Men's Public HS team in the state 2020.  

 3 Time Illinois Swimming Association Sectional Coach of the Year: 2012 / 2013 / 2017

Aloha Aquatics Head Coach May 2020-Present

Mililani Trojans Swimming & Diving Coach 2019-Present

Byron Tiger Sharks Swim Club Head Coach August 2017-July 2019

Byron Tiger COOP High School Swimming & Diving Head Coach August 2017-February 2019

Rock Island County Orca Swim Club Head Coach March-2012-August 2017

Rock Island-Milan School District Athletics Swimming & Diving Head Coach June 2011-March 2017

Kishwaukee YMCA  Masters Program Head Coach April 2009 - May 2011

Sterling High School Athletics  Junior Varsity Coach November 2008 - February 2009 

Sterling Stingray Swim Club Assistant Coach March 2003 - January 2009


As a athlete Coach Bramer specialized in freestyle sprinting and occasionally competes in traithlon and open water races.  He was a top eight medalist in multiple events in the 2010 Illinois Masters Swimming State Championships 19-25 Age Group.

Coach Bramer and His wife recently moved to Oahu in 2019 and reside in Central Oahu.  

Coach Bramer is also a professional educator working within the Social Studies department at Mililani High School.  


Valerie Ka'ahanui Assistant Coach

Coach Valerie started swimming at the age of 6 with Aloha Aquatics at Rec 2. She joined swimming with the goal of making friends and having fun in the neighborhood pool. Valerie quickly found amazing coaches that helped her see her natural talent and turn that joy into a passion.  Valerie's events were 50 and 100 freestyle, 200 fly, 200 IM. She cotinued swimming with a few clubs on Oahu before moving to California at the age of 13. In California her passion for swimming introduced her to Water polo. Water polo took her on the recruitment journey to college landing at California State Northridge then moving on to Stanford . She currently is an Accountant. Has 3 great kids.  Coach Ka'ahanui's goals are to help our children understand that hardwork and self drive will achieve them the goals they set. She believe's that it is a privilege to coach children as they are the future of tomorrow. Coach Val has all of her USA certifications. Val is also the head coach of Campbell High School water polo for the past 3 years. She previously was the head swim and water polo coach of the New Jersey Stingrays. She started learning to coach at the age of 16 as a volunteer with the Kamehameha Swim club. She has also taught swimlessons at the YMCA.

Karli Blanchard Assistant Coach

Coach  Karli joins us from Pennsylvania, having graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Kinesiology in 2019. She is passionate about helping people lead better lives through participation in sports and fitness. Karli has been involved in swimming most of her life. She joined her local YMCA team when she was 12 and took only a short break in college to row for Penn State Crew.  Coach  Karli's favorite swimming events are the 200 free and the 500 free. She is so excited to join  Coach  Bramer and  Coach  Lara and help develop the athletes with Aloha Aquatics.

Karli Blanchard
Assistant Coach - Aloha Aquatics
BS Kinesiology | Penn State University
Brian Savidge Assistant Coach

Coach Brian grew up in South Windsor, Connecticut and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2020 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He started swimming competitively at 5 years old and continued throughout high school before transitioning to crew and water polo in college. Coach Brian started off as a distance and IM swimmer, but after peaking in elementary school, he chose shorter and shorter races before finally becoming a sprint freestyler senior year of high school. Coach Brian has some experience helping coach the summer team he originally started with back home and is excited to now have the chance to work with Aloha Aquatics swimmers, coaches, and parents. His positive experiences with and valuable lessons learned from swimming drive his passion for the sport and desire to provide that environment for the next generation of swimmers.

Natalie Low Assistant Coach

Coach Natalie, joins us as one of our very own.  A swimmer for Aloha Aquatics for much of her swimming career.  Natalie is also the captain of the Mililani High School Girls Swimming & Diving team.  She Helped lead Mililani to a first place team finish at the 2020 Oahu Interscholastic Association West Division Championships in swimming as both a team and winning her individual events of the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle. She also is a top 8 Medalist in the State in Distance freestyle and a top 5 swimmer in four events in the Northwest Age Group Championships when she was 13.  She enjoys reading and working as a lifeguard and also works as a Psychology Teaching Assistant.  

Natalie is excited about working with our developmental swimmers in the Bronze and Silver Levels. 

Board of Directors