Na Kama Kai- Children of the Sea

February 22nd, 2011
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Na Kama Kai - Children of the Sea

Na Kama Kai (Children of the Sea) was founded in 2008 by Duane DeSoto to provide free ocean awareness and safety clinics for children. Events have been presented at various sites, partnering with Gerry Lopez' organization,  Quiksilver Waterman Collection, and other supporters

Their ocean clinics are designed to instill ocean awareness and to provide keiki with safety tools necessary for ocean activities. Through the expertise of professional water men and women kids are given one-on-one ocean instruction in a hands on environment.  Clinics are hosted island wide and take place in each district of O’ahu to offer access to the larger community. Keiki from all areas are invited to participate. Na Kama Kai promotes the Waterman lifestyle so it's not just about surfing lessons. The non-profit organization hosts these free clinics where children are able to interact with prominent members of the surf, canoe paddling, paddle boarding and swim communities. Visit their website for the Na Kama Kai events schedule. They incorporate swimming, running, stand-up paddling, and paddle boarding. (http://www.nakamakai.com/ocean-clinics/) They have held more than 30 clinics servicing over 1,500 children free of charge. Good work Duane! For more visit us at Pacific Network: http://news.pacificnetwork.tv/NewsDesk/

Johann Bouit for Pacific Network

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7 Responses to “Na Kama Kai- Children of the Sea”

  1. Waikiki Surfer:

    Awesome job Duane! Nice to see pro's giving back. Having positive role models is so important for today's youth.


  2. Tim Hass:

    Thanks for the post.


  3. Carmita O'Neal:

    Duane,

    Excellent video and what you are doing is amazing! Teaching the little ones to love the water, not to fear it and to be safe. That is a real gift from the heart, sharing your passion as a surfer and mentor...sharing the blessings!

    God Bless You!
    Carmita O'Neal


  4. Franco Tramontano:

    Duane,

    Your spirit is contagious. I see other pro's giving back much like Na Kama Kai.

    You and your volunteers are also giving forward, imua, to enrich ALL who participate.

    HOPE TO SEE YA IN MARCH ! It looks special.


  5. Mr Sunshine:

    Way to go Na Kama Kai!!!!!!
    Stay healthy and safe in the sun!


  6. Doreen McPhail Kohr:

    This sounds like a fantastic program and one that can change children's lives- just having exposure to people who can give them a foundation for a new skill and equally important -who really care about them. Doreen McPhail Kohr


  7. Marcelo Rinauro:

    Great post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.