My name is Alvin Viernes and I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. My ethnicities are Filipino and Spanish but Hawaiian in the heart. My home is just a short walk from the beaches of Kailua-Kona, where I grew up. As a child, I used to play all day in the waves. I have been athletic for as long as I can remember. When I was a toddler, my father built a basketball court in my front yard for me and my older brother. In grade school and junior high, I picked up bodyboarding and my parents enrolled me in soccer.
Alvin the athlete
That all changed when I got into high school. I wanted to play contact sports that were tough and challenging. I was an athlete year-round, playing football in the fall, wrestling in the winter, and Judo in the spring. In the off-season I would train at a local jiu jitsu club. I would find myself at the gym every day working to get speed, strength, and conditioning. I would gain weight for football and cut weight when wrestling season came around.
Alvin the bodybuilder
As a result of my training, I developed the body type of a bodybuilder, which wasn’t exactly my intention. A fitness trainer at the gym noticed my physique and gave me a few tips on how I could improve my diet and training. He said I had potential and encouraged me to compete in the sport of bodybuilding. Three weeks later, I competed in my first contest: the 2002 Big Island Fitness Classic, in which I won the teen division. It was the birth of my bodybuilding career and I was only a junior in high school. I then began competing in statewide competitions. My success qualified me to compete in the national level. My goal is to become a drug-free professional bodybuilder.
Alvin the hula dancer
Soon after I started bodybuilding, a musician/dance instructor approached me while I was working out at the gym. He told me I had a great look and that I would make a great addition to his crew. I took the offer and worked on Captain Beans’ Sunset Dinner Cruise, aka “The Booze Cruise”. My responsibilities were to perform various Polynesian dances, take pictures with the tourists, get them drunk, and show them a great time. It was big fun party in the middle of the sea every night! I wouldn’t even consider it work. It was the best job I ever had, next to modeling.
Alvin the model
It wasn’t until the summer of 2006 that I got into modeling. I was at the gym training for the Musclemania World Championship, my first national contest, when again I was approached by a scout. She was a friend of a photographer based in Los Angeles. She called me a “phenom” and asked me to contact the photographer. So I did and we scheduled to do a photo shoot in Hawaii and L.A. Since then, I’ve been getting exposure from the amazing photos we produced and things began to snowball. I got the pleasure to work with other photographers from all over the country as well. One day, I hope to be seen on the cover of a fitness magazine.
Alvin the man
It’s funny to me how things work out. Bodybuilding, dancing hula, and modeling were three things I never thought I could do. The gym opened windows of opportunity for me. But if I’m not at the gym and being a jock, I am at the beach, at a club, or in a classroom. I love learning and I am a student of life. My favorite subjects in high school were science courses and particularly math. Now, I am currently a college student at the University of Hawaii majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.). My academic goal is to obtain a bachelors of science and go on to grad school in physical therapy.