The Nakoa Foundation examines the Hawaiian sailing canoe from the forest to the ocean to inspire a thirst for knowledge, promoting good decision-making, self-reliance, sustainability and competent Hawaiian leaders. Our focus is to create a sense of place and develop the intellectual skills and cultural values needed to navigate life’s challenges.
The Nakoa Foundation Board Members are volunteers and come from a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise. What brings them together is their passion for creating a brighter future and their deep love for Hawaii, its culture and its people.
The Nakoa Foundation
Established in 2008 by Kalani Nakoa, the Nakoa Foundation started out as a one man operation with no money, What it did have was a lot of ALOHA . Kalani used his personal outrigger canoes to teach children seamanship, water safety and the core values that guide the Foundation today. It was his work with the Casey Family Foundation and physically abused children along with his work with the Konawena Middle School "No Child Left Ashore" program, that caught the attention of members of the larger Kona community. They saw the value in this program and got involved. Funding and administrative support from the National Parks Service's Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail , its Trail Support Association and other Kona Community Organizations has allowed the Nakoa Foundation to grow and its programs to mature.
Nā Peʻa Program Instructor
E. Kalani Flores, Professor Hawaiian Studies, Hawaii Community College, Palamamui, Volunteers as curriculum content adviser and program instructor.