World Longboard Champion Duane Desoto Founds Na Kama Kai to Nurture Love for the Ocean Among Youth

Na Kama Kai

Nā Kama Kai Ocean Clinics service our community statewide through touching the lives of our youth in numerous capacities. Our statewide ocean clinics nurture a deep sense of love for the ocean among youth. The experience ingrains in each of the participants an understanding of their kuleana to water safety and environmental awareness. Our clinics offer group and one-on-one interactions with professional surfers, watermen and waterwomen, lifeguards, firefighters, marine scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, and ocean rescue instructors.

The clinics provide a positive, nurturing, and controlled environment enabling keiki to become confident in the ocean through a personally guided experience. Participants learn Hawaiian stories related to the event location, help shape traditional wooden boards, and learn about traditional Hawaiian ocean culture through the contemporary perspective of ocean professionals. Nā Kama Kai programs target all youth from 2 to 18 years of age in many different cultural settings. Currently most of the programs occur on the Island of O’ahu, and to a lesser extent on the other neighbor islands of Hawai’i. Also, ocean clinics have been held at Papeete, Tahiti, and Dana Point CA, and have demonstrated that the programs provided by Nā Kama Kai can serve as a model for other coastal communities anywhere in the world, provided they incorporate place based cultural values and traditional knowledge.

Clinics are periodically held at Poka`i Bay. Volunteers sought. For more information, visit:

Duane DeSoto

Duane DeSoto

Duane DeSoto, founder & CEO of Na Kama Kai, was born and raised on the west side of O`ahu. He has traveled around the world for the last 17 years competing in contests. His love for the ocean and appreciation of the waterman lifestyle is what drives him. His dream of giving back to his community came to fruition with the establishment of Nā Kama Kai. Duaneʻs passion for the ocean continues to sustain his lifestyle and allows him to engage in community building through Nā Kama Kaiʻs programs; using the ocean to empower our youth.

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