Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Childhood here in Hawaiʻi just isn't complete without time spent in and around the water. Ensuring that our keiki are comfortable and safe in our ocean environment is a major goal of this program. Amy Kalili has more.
"We're trying to plant that seed in all children that this ocean is here for them; that this resource that costs no money to you whatsoever is always sitting here waiting to nourish your soul," said Duane DeSoto, Founder & President, Nâ Kama Kai.
Makemake e ʻike nâ keiki no ke ʻano waiwai loa o ke kai a he mea ola nô ia.
The clinic offers kids as young as 2-years-old hands-on experience in ocean activities.
He papahana ia e hoʻonui ʻike ʻia ai nâ keiki mai ka ʻelua wale nô makahiki ma nâ hana o ke kai.
"It's learning by doing right here at the ocean, from carving, to surfing, swimming and paddling," said Malia Kaʻaihue, Makua.
ʻAʻole he mea ma ka puke. ʻAʻole ma ka lumi papa. Ke hana nei lâkou. ʻO kçia ka papa ma ke kahakai. Ke kâlai nei lâkou, ke heʻe nei lâkou, ke ʻaukai nei, ke holowaʻa nei. A ʻo kçlâ ka mea waiwai noʻu.
Kids start with group activities like sanding and carving wooden surfboards.
Hoʻomaka nâ keiki ma kçia ʻano hana i pili i ke kâlai papa heʻenalu ʻana.
"We also incorporate doing some stand-up paddle and riding the different kîkoʻo boards," said DeSoto.
Komo pû i ka hoekû ʻana me ka heʻe ʻana ma nâ papa kîkoʻo.
Kids get one-on-one instruction from professional watermen and women, which lets parents breathe a sigh of relief.
Aʻoaʻo ʻia nâ keiki e nâ kâne a wahine loea ma nâ hana o ke kai a he mea kçlâ e maha ai ka naʻau o nâ mâkua no ka ʻaoʻao palekana.
"It's an important facet of the program that keiki get individualized attention from the instructors," said Kaʻaihue.
I kekahi manawa loaʻa kekahi keiki hilahila a mâkaʻu, a pono iâ ia kekahi kumu i hiki ke hana me ia wale nô.
At the end of the session, the kids take a joyride on the double-hulled canoe.
A ma hope o nâ hana nui, holo leʻaleʻa nâ keiki ma ka waʻa kaulua.
"The idea is to take them out to sea, which a lot of kids haven't ever experienced," said DeSoto.
Makemake e lawe ʻia lâkou i waho. ʻO ka mua ia no kekahi.
Nâ Kama Kai has served an estimated 1,500 keiki all over Oʻahu through these ocean clinics that are free to participants.
Ua komo ma kahi o ka 1,500 keiki i kçia papahana ʻo Nâ Kama Kai a puni o Oʻahu, a he manuahi ia komo ʻana.
"It's access. It's all about the access and that's what we hope to bring to the foot of your door. We're going to hit six moku twice a year. And hitting six moku twice a year gives us a chance to work with children who cannot travel," said DeSoto.
He maʻalahi ke komo. Hele ana mâkou i ʻeono moku ʻokoʻa, ʻelua manawa o ka makahiki i mea e komo ai nâ keiki e hiki ʻole ana ke hele i ka papa inâ mamao.
To sign up for the next ocean clinic or for more info log onto www.NaKamaKai.com.
No ke kâinoa a no ka ʻike hou aku e kele aku iâ www.NaKamaKai.com.
ʻO wau nô kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.
Original Airdate 2/28/2010
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