NA KAMA KAI

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: PO Box 240039 Honolulu HI 96824 USA

Mission:
Target demographics: keiki
Geographic areas served: the Hawaiian Islands
Programs: one-on-one interactions with professional surfers, watermen and waterwomen, lifeguards, firefighters, marine scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, and ocean rescue instructors. The clinics provide a positive, nurturing, and controlled environment enabling keiki to become confident in the ocean through a personally guided experience. Participants learn Hawaiian stories related to the event location, help shape traditional wooden boards, and learn about traditional Hawaiian ocean culture through the contemporary perspective of ocean professionals. Nā Kama Kai programs target all youth from 2 to 18 years of age in many different cultural settings. Currently most of the programs occur on the Island of O’ahu, and to a lesser extent on the other neighbor islands of Hawai’i. Also, ocean clinics have been held at Papeete, Tahiti, Dana Point CA, and Japan and have demonstrated that the programs provided by Nā Kama Kai can serve as a model for other coastal communities.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on the Board of Directors for Na Kama Kai for over a year, and within that time I have seen positive growth for both our keiki and efforts towards teaching stewardship to our community. The benefits for all that have experienced the clinics, whether as a participant, volunteer, or a parent, have been enriched by the positive message delivered. The smiles from the keiki having their first experience of being in and on the ocean has given them the confidence needed to reach beyond their comfort zones and try something new. In many ways Na Kama Kai has empowered so many, in so many different ways. Mahalo to good people that make Na Kama Kai happened each month.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Nā Kama Kai (Children of the Sea) is an excellent organization that shares its passion of the ocean with all children (young and old). Not only has Nā Kama Kai made a positive impact to the children but also to the volunteers that have the wonderful opportunity to work individually with each child. Through generous volunteers, donations, and sponsors, Nā Kama Kai has been able to provide free monthly ocean clinics around the entire island of Oahu and has even made special trips elsewhere. I joined Nā Kama Kai, first as a volunteer then as a Board Member, because I strongly believe in this organization and its mission of "empowering youth by ...specifically targeting ocean safety and conservation awareness to increase the capacity of the youth..."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoying the excitement in each child's face. It's very rewarding to talk to the child after they've finished because they can't stop smiling or talking! I love seeing them return to the next month's clinic because I know we're making a positive difference in the child's life.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Nā Kama Kai Has inspired me to be a better person in my community. Through volunteerism I have discovered that there are may wonderful people on planet who will work their hardest to serve others. Passion for a better society runs strong in all of the volunteers that I have met at Nā Kama Kai. Mahalo to all who support the mission of Nā Kama Kai.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with Na Kama Kai since 2008. My time as a volunteer has been wonderful, I've seen children from all walks of life and ages gain invaluable ocean skills, appreciation and respect for both the land and ocean, and an experience that leaves a grin on their face every time. The volunteers of Na Kama Kai are down to earth and focused on the keiki, and make the organization what it is: a grass roots effort to teach ocean skills, Hawaiian culture and values, and share love for our keiki and ocean.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching a friend's child gain confidence in himself in just one ocean clinic. He had a greater awareness of the ocean and so much appreciation for his surf instructor.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing different, I like how the organization continues to provide services for free!

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