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
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Kanalu (K38) cares about water safety and surf rescue with knowledge and responsability. With affiliates all around the world, including K38 Portugal, keeps growing steadily towards a "safer for all" water community.
Kanalu K38 fulfills their Mission every day. They educate people on how to be responsible boaters by using boater education sanctions in association with National Safe Boating Council standards and they promote ocean safety knowledge. After many years in service, Kanalu has received well deserved awards for lifesaving, and drowning prevention. Kanalu-K38 Water Safety trains in water safety all over the world traaining first responders, and water rescue personnel. They provide education through K38 Water Safety and their instructors and affiliates, including PWC rescue boat instruction and on water safety management for special events all over the world. A unique nonprofit that provides life-saving instruction.
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.