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Sea Inspiration

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  • EIN 26-4836548
  • 808-384-4447
  • 2550 Kuhio Ave Apt 1702 Honolulu HI 96815-2719 USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Environment, Environmental Education, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: We want to inspire more healing on our blue planet. Oceans and sea life are suffering from pollution, warming, and overall degradation. At the same time, many people in the world are working through physical or emotional challenges. Our mission at Sea Inspiration is to bring healing to people and the sea by sharing positive, healing, and inspiring ocean experiences.

Results: We have three primary programs. (1) My Beach Report (MBR) - An educational sea adventure show hosted by students, for students, to help them SEE the SEA—and inspire them to get active. MBR focuses on educating kids about our earth's marine environment and inhabitants. Through this programming we emphasize environmental stewardship, and teach students how each of them can make a valuable impact for marine ecosystems. Why this, and why now? Because knowledge is power. Through MBR, young people are learning how small changes made in their own lives—and their positive impact on sea life—will promote a healthier marine environment. My Beach Report programming also includes expert advisors and educators, such as world-renowned marine scientists Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Richard Grigg, and Dr. Anthony Andrady. (2) Healing Adventures - This program uses experiences in and near the sea to help (and inspire!) people of all ages who face significant personal challenges. We encourage everyone to spend time in the sea(!), but through this program we focus our efforts on two specific groups of people: children with severe or terminal illness and US military veterans wounded serving their country. What we do through Healing Adventures is offer participants an experience of freedom and joy unlike anything most of them have ever had. In a fun, supportive atmosphere, adults and children alike can “spread their wings” and enjoy feelings of exhilaration and confidence as they experience ocean adventures such as surfing, paddling, snorkeling, canoeing, and swimming with marine wildlife. The watery environment we share with most of them is akin to a “healing tonic,” especially in the warm Hawaiian ocean...and whether they adventure on land or sea—they’ll leave with a fresh, hopeful, healing perspective. Although we are a sea-focused organization, depending on the needs (and wants!) of our recipients, we sometimes arrange adventures that are not in the ocean. However, being in Hawaii, we are always surrounded by healing waters! For example, we may offer horseback riding, zip-line rides, or some of our wounded service members may even have the option of skydiving with our military spokesman, Colonel John Bates, U.S.M.C. (Ret.), and his professional skydiving team “the Flying Leathernecks”! Your Sea Inspiration team knows that being outdoors in or near the ocean offers a therapeutic benefit for most people. We know, because we have felt it personally. Our goal through Healing Adventures is to share similar opportunities with others and help them gain whatever healing benefits are possible from the sea and nature. (3) Inspiring Ocean Videos (See Inspiration!) - Sea Inspiration does a great deal of filming in and around the sea. We do this because we want you to see the sea and its beauty. We want to help you understand how the sea can help heal humanity (& vice versa). And we want to inspire you to become an active force for educating others and protecting the seas.

Target demographics: people and oceans help each other

Geographic areas served: the Hawaiian Islands

Programs: healing adventures for ill children and (former or active) US military members with service-related injuries or challenges. We also create educational video/television programming that we share free-of-charge to children's hospitals, service/veteran's organizations, and US military channels.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

We had the pleasure of meeting RayHollowell and Patti Mitchell from Sea of Inspiration just over 3 years ago while we were living in Hawaii on a work visa. We instantly connected and realized that we had very similar thoughts, values and dreams. When Ray shared his story about his life, his work and his nonprofit, Sea of Inspiration, we were inspired by the positive change and awareness he is creating about sustaining our earth and specifically the oceans/marine life. Ray's passion of providing adventures & experiences to others, regardless of their ability is heart-warming. This non-profit is perfect alignment with the mission of our company, Live Aloha and we are very pleased to be a supporter & sponsor for Sea of Inspiration's initiatives and projects. And of course, we are grateful for the friendship of both Patti & Ray.
With aloha,
Caron and Rob Keens
Live Aloha
www.livealoha.com

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2012, I had the remarkable experience of videoing Cpl Todd Love USMC (ret)'s Skydive into Kualoa Ranch, to kick off the X-Terra Games. Cpl Love is a triple amputee. He is missing both legs at the crotch and his left arm. On the ground capturing the entire event was Ray Hollowell, lead of Sea Inspiration. Liking his work, I found that he was doing this for many of our severely wounded veterans. He would also take them surfing, swimming with the dolphins and connecting them with the sea. That was the beginning of the relationship. Since then, I've been involved with many other events Ray has coordinated. At this stage, I do nothing for profit. I volunteer frequently, and find myself wanting to do more and more with Sea Inspiration as they connect the public and some of our most deserving American protectors with our healing oceans. Col John R. Bates USMC (ret)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sea Inspiration is a wonderful organization that does a great job of showcasing the beauty of the seas. Ray Hollowell is a top-notch videographer, who gives young people and military veterans an opportunity to participate in ocean related activities and gets them in front of the camera so we can hear how they are affected by their interactions with our marine environment. Very uplifting programs!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great to work with! Very passionate and dedicated to marine conservation and helping people in need. Thank you for all you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sea Inspiration has a crew of lifelong dedicated members that will continue to do important work for the world by getting people excited to help the sea.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is absolutely in the elitist category for all the absolutely wonderful and educational work they do and for all the educational opportunities they provide to all - and especially I love their involvement in teaching us how to care for the ocean and all its beautiful inhabitants. The showcase of learning for young people is phenomenal and one of the most awesome attributes of what they promote. This organization is truly about education for all along with giving us some of the most beautiful glimpses into the creatures of our wonderful oceans and how we can help promote awareness about caring for them and the oceans they call home. I applaud and give my full support to this wonderful, caring organization headed by a true "WATERMAN". Tina Rendon

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the work they are doing for the sea environment Keep fighting !.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent mission and outstanding video production.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome group of people truly dedicated to saving the environment and educating children. Their projects are truly inspirational and have moved countless people to become better stewards of the oceans. Thank you for everything and keep up the great work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sea Inspiration is doing amazing things by sharing the marine environment with so many! Through their combination of marine wildlife videos, student educators, young scientists, and veterans, this organization is a "WIN WIN" for the planet AND the people. Stewardship of our oceans is an integral part of protecting this vital resource and Sea Inspiration is educating so many through their unique multi-media programming. Well done!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Talk about heart!! This organization REALLY cares about people and the oceans. I know two of the board members, (Patti and Ray), and they are very sincere in their efforts to help people who are facing physical and emotional challenges. They become dear friends with everyone they help. And on top of that they are HUGE ocean lovers and are passionate about inspiring people to be great stewards of our seas.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've only known about Sea Inspiration for a short time, but what I've learned about them is awe-inspiring. I'm excited to continue following their unique programs and look forward to watching Sea Inspiration grow.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with Sea Inspirations Executive Director. He's always worked hard for small grassroot nonprofits, he gives 200% to all of his projects. If your looking for someone that has knowledge and experience, and someone who loves his family, friends, nature and all living things. I recommend this organization! Chuck has passion and a kind heart, so check them out!
Kim Jardine Reiley

EarthKnight

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen the impact these people make for sick kids, injured/ill veterans (and active service members), and for our suffering seas.

Thank you, Sea Inspiration, for fighting the good fight--and making a difference!