Mission: Kanalu is dedicated in the preservation of native Kanaka Maoli (The People) culture. Kanalu - K38 is dedicated to education for the purpose of lifesaving. We have an official international annual awards program called The Wake of Fame. Kanalu K38 is the founder of the Rescue Water Craft Association, a governing body of concerned and committed international lifesavers.
Results: Our educational outreach programs have had a direct impact nationally and regionally by supporting direct hands on training with rescue water craft and program development training over 300 students in 2015. We recently inducted 42 persons in our Wake of Fame awards and are accepting nominations for 2016.
Kanalu is dedicated in the preservation of native Kanaka Maoli (The People) culture. Kanalu shares with modern society how surfboards from the late 1800’s were built, from the time a “koa or wili wili” (endemic species) trees were felled, to the cultural significance of location, to carving of a solid wood slab transforming its kinolau (body form) and life through ancient ritualism of the Hawaiian using the implements of old – creating story and chant in the process. Follow the journey of resurrection, life reborn, from the eyes and hands of native Hawaiians as we revive the traditional practices of surfing with the construction of “Olo” (longest) and kiko`o” (averaging about 3.3m), alaia (shortboard) surfboards, and the making of the papaholua (Hawaiian sleds) for competition for the first time in nearly two centuries as we honor the Hawaiian people and their culture, nearly vanished. Traditionally the process begins with the giving of the koko (blood) - to its bonding with sea and land – to the finished implement (using traditional methods of preservation) - to sliding across the face of a mountain and wave.
Target demographics: Preserve Native Heritage and Ensure the Safety of Occupational Lifesaving Professionals and Public Trust through Highly Trained RWC Operators
Direct beneficiaries per year: 384 Students and Rescue Professionals
Geographic areas served: Cultural Education, Lifesaving Education, and Community Outreach
Programs: Lifesaving, Swimming to Prevent Risk of Drowning, Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft Program, Cultural Programming for creating and riding Holua Sleds and Ola Surfboards, Wake of Fame Awards Program, Rescue Water Craft Associate International program, Lifesaving scholarship Program
K38 is recognized as a world leader in teaching the skills necessary to perform rescues utilizing RWC. They are responsible for the lives of many who have been caught in the hazards of the marine environment.
Professional with expertise in this field
Kanalu - K38 has supported a variety of water safety and education programs, specifically working with combat veterans for therapy and adventure, an awards program honoring pioneers and developers of water rescue and training international public safety agency personnel.
We appreciate our partners in water safety internationally. United we are good stewards have the ability to increase our outreach for educational programs. We appreciate your support and contributions to our water rescue community.
K38 has been instrumental in Rescue Water Craft program outreach and education. Many public safety agencies worldwide rely on the expertise of their instructional methods. We are honored to be a strong partner and supporter of accident and injury prevention
I have enjoyed working on program development with the awards and educational outreach. together we are committed towards serving standardization and best practices that will assist in injury, accident and drowning prevention.