A Night To Remember at the Paradise Cup

Posted: November 23, 2008 by Nathan Kam in Family & Friends
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UPDATE: Additional photos were sent to us by Kelly’s cousin Grant who was obviously using a much better camera than I was. 🙂


Jon and his girlfriend Sarah at Cheesecake Factory. He went straight for dessert first ordering a piece of cheesecake as his "appetizer." After hearing about his strict diet the past couple months, I don't blame him.

What began as a dare between two friends became a proud and memorable moment for the Kam family last night as we witnessed Kelly’s brother Jon compete for the first time in the 2008 Paradise Cup bodybuilding championships at the Sheraton Waikiki. I never would have expected to find ourselves here on a Saturday night, but there was no way we were going to miss this.


Jon looking ripped during his 90-second posing. For a first timer, he looked calm, cool, and collected. My apologies for the blurry photo.

If you’re wondering how this all got started, let me explain. Jon had made an innocent bet with his friend that if she entered a local beauty pageant, he would compete in the Paradise Cup. With that said, I think you can fill in the blanks on the rest of this story. Of course, once we found out that he’d be strutting his stuff in Speedo on a stage in front of hundreds, giving himself a fake tan, and spraying PAM cooking oil on his body (hey, it’s what bodybuilders do), we were obligated to give him a little gas for it. Okay, a lot of gas, but we’re family so we can do that.


Jon is the guy fourth from the left. The dude on the far left won the division. Monsters!

In the end, Jon had the last laugh. He put himself on a ridiculously strict diet, trained like a madman, and committed himself to looking his best for the show. I’m no bodybuilding expert, but he looked better than most of the guys in the Men’s Novice Middleweight class in my opinion. Although he didn’t bring home a trophy, he did a hell of a job and earned a lot of respect from his family and friends for doing something most of us would never even consider.



Official Paradise Cup photograph. Ripped!


The Kam family with THE MAN!


Cousin Grant and his girlfriend Morgan with Jon.


Ensen and Uncle Jon.

Following a great post-event dinner at Cheesecake Factory with more than 20 family and friends – in which Jon officially shed his diet and indulged in a piece of chocolate cheesecake and a cold beer – the big question everyone had at the end of the night was “are you doing this again next year?” He didn’t really give a definite yes or no answer, so I guess we’ll just have to see. In the meantime, we’ll keep Ensen’s schedule clear just in case Uncle Jon needs his posing instructor again next year. Oh, you didn’t know…




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  1. […] no secret that Kelly’s brother Jon is a strong guy. We showed you that in a previous post of him in a body building contest. So we thought we’d put his strength to the test during our […]

  2. Nathan says:

    Hey Chungie…good to hear from you and sorry we didn’t connect at the Paradise Cup. Which one was Jamie and how did she do? Man, that was a lot of muscle in the room that night. I need to get into the gym. Hope you guys are well and hope to see you again soon. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Carlito Camat Jr says:

    Good Job bro hope you had fun, Stingrey Is coming up.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Melissa says:

    I love it! Looka those biceps!

  5. Glenn says:

    Yo Nate, whats up bro!? Its me Glenn! Yup, I’m still playing baseball, winter season is almost done, in playoffs now and spring will start up in February somtime. Want to play? Hey i was at paradise cup last night too! My girlfriend Jamie was in the womens figure competition. I remember your bro, he looked pretty good! I wish i could have seen you and Kelly and Ensen last night! How old is Ensen now? Our son Easton is 18 months old now. Well, it was pretty cool finding your site, i was just googling paradise cup 2008 and it popped up! Well, hope to hear from you soon! Take care and tell Kelly i said Hi!!


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