Kaua‘i fighters grab belts on O‘ahu

  • Guthrie Srimgeour / The Garden Island

    Brody Melendez, 14, keeps his hand up while training at Hawaiian Fighting Arts in Hanapepe.

  • Guthrie Srimgeour / The Garden Island

    Waimea Meyer, 14, works a heavy bag at Hawaiian Fighting Arts in Hanapepe.

  • Guthrie Srimgeour / The Garden Island

    Waimea Meyer, right, and Brody Melendez took home inter-island trophy belts at the Man-up Stand-up event on O‘ahu April 30.

  • Guthrie Srimgeour / The Garden Island

    From left, C.J. Kahepu‘u, Sifu Joe Solis, Waimea Meyer, Brody Melendez, and Nohili Kahepu‘u pose with inter-island title belts won by Mayer and Melendez at the Man-up Stand-up event on O‘ahu April 30.

HANAPEPE — Brody Melendez, 14, felt nervous stepping into the ring for his first road fight at the Man-up Stand-up kickboxing event in Wai‘anae last weekend.

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