Ocean safety, education, and fun with Na Kama Kai

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I’m excited to share this Keiki Monday with you because it’s a good one.  A friend told me about Na Kama Kai which is an ocean safety and conservation education organization for kids. It’s a brilliant concept. You protect what you love and getting kids out on the water inspires their love of the ocean.

They hold ocean clinics around Oahu throughout the year for kids age 2-18. The ocean clinic is a completely free program put together by a most wonderful group of volunteers. A horde of  lifeguards, surfers, paddlers, and educators make sure your keiki are thoroughly sunblocked before taking them through a series of stations – ocean safety, Hawaiian culture, canoe paddling, conservation, and standup paddling.

The kids were a little reluctant at first. Partly because we were running late and threw them into the fray, partly because at 2 and 4 they were the youngest kids in the group. The volunteers (gently) kicked us out so they could coax the kids onto the water. Once out, they both loved paddleboarding. The guides even had them meet up out in the water to say hi. Both agreed that the canoe made them a little nervous, so they were happy to have each other. Micah was captivated by the conservation lecture, but it was a bit much for Mila. She definitely enjoyed the free Jamba Juice afterwards though.

A volunteer had set up a giant bubble station for the kids and it gave the event a happy, magical feel. Who doesn’t’ love bubbles? The kids made and chased bubbles until the passed out.


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Whether you’re kamaaina or just visiting Hawaii on vacation, you can pre-register online or go as a walk-in. Find out about upcoming clinics here. I can’t wait until the next time! The Haleiwa clinic is calling my name. In the meantime, check the Keiki Monday archives for more fun family activities on Oahu and don’t forget to sign up for the Little Bird Post below for monthly updates on family fun.


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