Akebono Taro Biography

December 17, 2018
First published on:December 17, 2018
by William Olver

Facts of Akebono Taro

Birth Name Chadwick Haheo Rowan
Birth Place Waimanalo, Hawaii, United States
Famous Name Akebono Taro
Birth Date May 8, 1969
Horoscope Taurus
Father Randolph
Mother Janice
Net Worth $1 million
Salary $80,000
Height 6 feet 8 inch (2.03m)
Weight 210 kg (463 lbs)
Nationality Japanese
Ethnicity Asian
Profession Professional Wrestler
Famous for 8 years of Yokozuna Career
Came to fame after Yokozuna Title winning
Started career as Wrestler
Currently Working For Rizin Fighting Federation
Awards Best Tag Team Award; World Heavyweight Champion
University attended Hawaii Pacific University
School attended Kaiser High School
Currently Married Yes
Married to Christaine Reiko Kalina
Wife profession Teacher
Children 2 sons and a Daughter

Akebono Taro is an Asian-American professional wrestler and a former sumo wrestler from Waimanalo, Hawaii. He was one of the tallest and heaviest sumo wrestlers ever to reach the top rank in the professional sport. He currently works as a professional wrestler. Currently, Taro is under contract with a Mixed Martial Arts organization called Rizin Fighting Organization.


Akebono Taro has an estimated net worth over $1 million. During his wrestling career, Taro earned up to $80,000 as an annual salary. He is married to his longtime partner Christiane Reiko Kalina. The couple has two sons and a daughter.

Akebono Taro Early Life

Born as Chadwick Haheo Rowan on May 8, 1969, to parents Randolph and Janice Rowan, he is of Hawaiian descent. His birthplace is Waimanalo, Hawaii, of United States. Taro belongs to Japanese descent. He grew up with his two younger brothers, one of whom, Ola Taro became a sumo wrestler for a brief period.

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Akebono attended Kaiser High School in Hawaii, where he played basketball for the high school team and became an All-star center. Further, he went to Hawaii Pacific University on a Basketball scholarship.

Akebono Taro Net worth and Salary

As per reports, the professional Sumo wrestlers are divided into 6 different divisions according to their performance. Yokozuna is the highest ranks in sumo wrestling, where the wrestler can earn up to more than $80,000 a year.

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The official salary of Akebono Taro is not released. However, considering his performance and ranks, it can be assumed that during his sumo wrestling career, Taro's annual salary was somewhere between $30,000-$50,000. In 1993, he received $80,000 as a winning prize for becoming the top-ranked sumo wrestler.

Taro has kept his personal earnings and Net worth secret for the eye of Media and Public eyes. During his 8 years at the yokozuna rank, Akebono won a further 8 tournament championships, for a career total of 11.

The estimated net worth of Akebono Taro is somewhere between $1 million-$1.5 million.

Akebono Taro Professional Career

During his high school days, Taro wanted to study Hotel Management, but he was always interested in Sumo Career. Further, he went to Japan and began his professional wrestling career in 1986. Taro made his professional Sumo wrestling debut in March 1988.

Altogether, there are six rankings in Sumo wrestling; JonoKuchi, Jonidan, Sandanme, Makushita, Juryo, and Makuuchi. Akebono rose rapidly through the ranks. He was promoted to Juryo in March 1990, and to Makuuchi in September 1990.

CAPTION: 64th Yokozuna Akebono Taro in a Sumo Tournament SOURCE: fightsports.tv

During the summer of 1992, he won consecutive championships in November 1992 and January 1993. Further, he was promoted to the highest rank in Sumo, which is Yokozuna.

At the opening ceremony of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Akebono was given the honor of representing Japan in the opening ceremony.

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In January 2001, after a serious injury, Taro decided to retired and became a member of the Japan Sumo Association as a Coach.

Championships and Award

Taro has won several awards and championship during his wrestling career. In 2005, he won the Newcomer Award and Best Tag Team Award. Also, he has won numbers of World Tag Team Championship.

Kickboxing, MMA and Professional Wrestling Career

During 2003-2006, Akebono joined a kickboxing organization called K-1 and made his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) debut against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pioneer Royce Gracie.

CAPTION: Akebono Taro vs. Royce Gracie SOURCE: strengthfighter.com

During 2005-2017, Taro worked as a freelancer wrestler and appeared in several tournaments including World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and All-Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW). Taro currently works as a professional wrestler.

CAPTION: Akebono vs.Big Show SOURCE: Daily Star

On March 31, 2005, Akebono made an appearance on SmackDown to accept the Big Show's challenge to a sumo match at WrestleMania 21, where Taro defeated Big Show. Akebono made his wrestling debut later that night, defeating jobber Eddie Vegas

Akebono Taro Personal Life

Regarding personal life of Akebono Taro, he is 49 years as of 2018. He is a former successful sumo wrestler and is currently working as a professional wrestler.  Taro was engaged to a former television celebrity, Yu Aihara in 1996. They broke up the following year due to some personal misunderstandings. 

Apart from his relationship with Aihara, Taro's personal affairs are a matter of gossip.

CAPTION: Akebono Taro with his Wife in 1998 SOURCE: Honolulu Star-Bulletin Local News

Later, in February 1998, Akebono announced his engagement to Christiane Reiko Kalina, a teacher who is of Japanese and American descent. They married in September 1998, and have three children; two sons and a daughter. Taro's current spouse works as a teacher.

During April 2017March 2018, Taro lost nearly  130 pounds, because of a serious cardiac condition. 

Akebono is one of the tallest sumo wrestlers ever, standing at 6 feet 8 inch (2.03m) tall, and also one of the heaviest with a weight of 210 kg (463 lb).

Akebono Taro Facts

Some of the facts of the Akebono taro are:

  • Age: 49 years
  • Birthplace: Waimanalo, Hawaii, U.S.
  • Star Sign: Taurus
  • Net worth: 
  • Salary: $50,000
  • Wife: $1 million
  • Height: 6 feet 8 inch (2.03m)
  • Weight: 210 kg (463 lbs)
  • He became a Japanese citizen in 1996, by giving up his American citizenship

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