Since our inception in 2011, Kailua Ocean Adventures has opened up our tools and resources to local and national non-profits as well as school programs for the educational purposes of sharing our ocean knowledge and experience while installing our core values in their everyday life. We have lead and assisted in various ocean courses teaching paddling and sailing fundamentals and ocean safety as well as hosted beach days where we provide our equipment and team all free of charge.
KOA has strived to have a safe, educational and cultural fueled way to learn about the ocean, our community and the native species that inhabit it. Each one of our team members come from distinct backgrounds with years of first responder background experience such as ocean rescue, emergency medicine, and fire fighting. Each one of them also brings a different educational aspect to the program that keeps us flexible with our partnering organization's goals. From program leaders with past experiences with the very non-profits we work with, to educational backgrounds in Hawaiian Studies and Native species rehabilitation work with Department of Forestry and Wildlife- Our team is filled with ocean safety experience and knowledge that keep us on par with any non-profits’ need.
While working alongside non-profits, KOA’s end goal is to teach and instill the core values of Kuleana, Ohana and Aloha, along with the non-profits goals, and emphasize the importance that each one of these values has in our personal lives, family, and community. Our end goal is to share these values and experiences with as many keiki as possible while watching them and mentoring them into Hawai‘i’s and the world’s future leaders.
OUR PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS
KOA is currently working with multiple non-profit and school programs ranging from Lifeguard support for beach days to full scale learning programs of canoe sailing and paddling. Resouces and manpower needed is all donated by KOA, no payment is given to KOA.
Working with multiple clubhouse such as Ewa Beach- Hale Pono, and Windward Oahu- Kailua Clubhouse, KOA has hosted and continues to host multiple beach days and programs teaching our values and ocean safety while mentoring and instilling clean living values into the Keiki’s life.
In a year-round work effort, KOA donates it tours in donation for fundraising efforts and hosting of “Littles and Bigs”. We also work throughout the year as the source of entertainment and lifeguard support in the semi-annually family and staff appreciation picnics.
Working along side program directors, KOA hosts different beach days where the canoes become the classrooms. Teaching Ocean Safety, Aloha ‘Āina and Pa’ahana on part of KOA while adopting, adapting and letting Hui Malama take lead in lessons while supporting the needs of the leaders and programs.
Working as a partner, KOA donates both paddling tours and sailing tours to dinner Galas