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He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa, 

The canoe is an island, the island is a canoe.

This is the foundational philosophy of Nā Kālai Waʻa, having more than 20 years of experience in education programs for all ages and diverse community groups. Both waʻa and land crew members experienced and educated in different careers, share their passion and strong cultural foundation of Hawaiian traditional navigation. 

Holokai is a ten-day waʻa summer camp program allowing students to learn skills to becoming a voyager — on the waʻa and in their community. This waʻa program is an outdoor camp to be held at Kamehameha Schoolsʻ Kahaluʻu Manowai site in Keauhou, Kona. 

Learning activities will include training in the waters as well as onboard the navigational waʻa Makaliʻi in Keauhou Bay. Building on the foundation of our philosophy “he waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa” learnings will also focus on environmental relationship, Hawaiian culture, values and traditions to strengthen cultural identities and build leadership skills. Students will connect to the ʻāina through team work and service give-back in the community.                      

Who’s eligible? West Hawaiʻi students entering grades 7, 8, and 9th grade in school year 2017 - 2018.   

How to apply?   Student Applications will be made available once we have received intent to participate from West Hawaiʻi schools.  All open seats will be made available in April to non-participating West Hawaiʻi schools..  

Nā Kālai Waʻa is working with West Hawaiʻi School to recruit participating schools. This participation will include having teachers embark on this voyage along with students and in doing so, will continue the learned lessons once students return to their school communities.

Submit Student Application or Teacher Application with registration fee (personal or cashiers check) to:

                      Nā Kālai Waʻa

                      65-1206 Mamalahoa Hwy, Suite 1-101

                      Kamuela, HI 96743


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 Questions & Answers

Is this an overnight camp? 

Yes, this is an overnight camp.  We utilize the campsite at Kamehameha Schoolʻs Kahaluʻu, Manowai in Kona or at Hālau Kukui in Kawaihae.

How do I know which session my child is scheduled for?

You will receive (2) confirmation notices:

- The first will be that we received your child application.

- The second will be when we have scheduled your child into a session (considering his/her 1st and 2nd selection).  You will receive additional forms (Waiver & Release form, packing list, and final program info).

Will I be able to have my son/daughter attend a previously arranged commitment?

You may request to make arrangements with us.  Due to planned activities that include sailing, each request will have to be carefully considered on how to accommodate your childʻs departure and return to the program.

Are we able to come and visit my child at the campsite during the program?

We restrict access to program students due to the secured accesses we have at the campsite locations.  However, during student drop-off, Hōʻike, and student pick-up, you will have a chance to visit with your child and he/she will be able to tour you through the campsite area.

Nā Kālai Wa`a Contact Information

address: P.O. Box 748, Kamuela, HI 96743

office: Waimea Office Center, 65-1206 Mamalahoa Hwy, Suite 1-101, Kamuela, HI 96743

phone: 808-885-9500     fax: 808-887-1144     facebook:

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