At San Marcos, Puailoa was an all-Channel League selection in all three sports and a member of league champion teams in both basketball (1792) and golf (1972). The 1972 golf team was also the CIF runner-up. The San Marcos Male Athlete of the Year in 1972, Puailoa is also a member of the San Marcos Athletic Hall of Fame.
Puailoa went on to play all three sports at SBCC from 1972-73. He was the football MVP in 1973 and the captain and No. 1 player in golf in that same year. He lead the SBCC golf team to a State runner-up finish and was named the SB Athletic Round Table college golfer of the year.
Next, at the University of the Pacific, Puailoa played football and golf from and earned his B.A. in physical education in 1977.
Puailoa began his career as a golf professional as a counselor and instructor at the Billy Casper Golf Camp from 1973-77 and was the UCSB men’s golf coach from 1978-79.
He has been the Director of Golf at the Valley Club of Montecito from 1979 to the present. He was named the Golf Professional of the Year for the Northern Chapter of the PGA in 1991 and was president of the Northern Chapter from 1989-91. He is a member of the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America.
Puailoa has volunteered his time for the Boys and Girls Club Golf Marathon from 1990- 2011 and is a current member of the San Marcos Field of Champions committee. He has also served as an assistant football coach at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School (1976), San Marcos (1977-93, 1997, 1998, 2010) AND Dos Pueblos (1996).
Puailoa lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Darci. He has two daughters, Leianna and Malia, two son-in laws and seven grandchildren.