Raising keiki o ka ‘āina
There are many great experiences you can have on O‘ahu that will yield a bounty of enjoyment and cultural awareness, but at Holokai Kayak and Snorkel Adventure your eco-experience directly supports the community of He‘eia. When visitors and residents come to Holokai at He‘eia State Park to experience beautiful Kane‘ohe Bay, 100 percent of that revenue goes to not-for-profit Kama‘āina Kids.
“We’re proud to support the keiki of this ‘āina through our activities,” says Andy Carre, the manager of Holokai Kayak and Snorkel Adventure.
Since 1987, Kama‘āina Kids has served children and their families through quality child care programs, including preschool programs, before & after school programs, day camps, enrichment programs, sports clinics, and waterfront and environmental education programs all centered in Kāne‘ohe Bay and the surrounding communities.
Kama‘āina Kids’ founders are long-time members of these communities, and had always imagined that He‘eia State Park, overlooking Kāne‘ohe Bay, would be a great place to establish a learning and recreation center for our keiki.
He‘eia State Park is located on the windward side of O‘ahu in the Ko‘olau Poko district. The windward coast of O‘ahu is known for its lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, and for the small town feel of old Hawai‘i. Kāne‘ohe Bay, meanwhile, is known for spectacular reefs, stunning views of the Ko‘olau Mountains, and for calm, safe waters. The bay is a complex estuarine system with a large barrier coral reef, numerous patch reefs, fringing reefs, and several riverine inputs.
The park is state-owned, but an imaginative public-private partnership relationship has allowed the not-for-profit Kama‘āina Kids to establish its programs there and give back to its community. And now Holokai Kayak and Snorkel Adventure provides a means to ensure that these programs, the park, and the bay itself will all be able to thrive long into the future.