Cody started competing in rodeos in his home state when he was just 6 or 7 years old. His older brother, J.C., was a team roper, so Cody’s rodeo career started there. His father was president of Hawaii Horse Owners Association, and he and his wife Nancy have been involved in rodeos for decades, so horses were in his blood.
In his high school days, Cody was a three-time National High School Finals qualifier in his hometown of Hilo, Hawaii in both team roping and steer wrestling. Steer wrestling is not the most popular event in Hawaii, so Cody pretty much taught himself what to do. He now gets help from his traveling partner, nine-time NFR qualifier K.C. Jones.
He expanded on that talent after both he and his brother received rodeo scholarships and came to Walla Walla, Washington, for college. Cody’s steer wrestling skill had grown so much by this time that he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 2010 and 2011 while getting his degree. He also joined the PRCA in 2011.
After college he started into the traditional workforce but decided quickly that he was still more passionate about rodeo as a profession. So he packed up his trailer and headed down the road. “You don’t know unless you go.”
Cody has a home in Oregon so that he can pursue his rodeo goals. He tries to make a trip back to the family ranch on the big island for the holidays and again in February to participate in the Panaewa Stampede. This year, that schedule may change as his family comes here to watch him compete on rodeo’s biggest stages.