Kama'aina Kids, through a lease from the state, acts as manager and steward of He'eia State Park. We are a locally founded not-for-profit youth enrichment organization. All of our educational eco-activities and banquet hall rentals are 100% not-for-profit. And all of the proceeds directly fund the state park itself, and contribute to Kama'aina Kids' mission to serve our children, families, and community by providing quality education and enrichment programs. By joining us here at He'eia you are directly contributing to the continual improvement of this beautiful state park so it can be a valued community resource for generations to come! Mahalo nui loa!
The Difference You Make!
Welcome to He'eia
Aloha e Komo Mai!
About He'eia State Park
He‘eia State Park, also known as Kealohi Point, is an 18-acre peninsula located on Oahu's windward (east) coast, on the waterfront of Kane'ohe Bay. Visitors and locals alike have been drawn to the windward coast of Oahu for its lush rain forests, beautiful beaches and bays, and for the local feel of traditional Hawaii. Kane'ohe Bay is known for calm waters, spectacular reefs, and stunning views of the Ko‘olau Mountains. Our location makes He'eia State Park the ideal place to access the waters of Kane'ohe Bay, and experience one of the most beautiful parts of Oahu.
Kane'ohe Bay features Oahu’s only barrier reef, which ensures that the bay is not subject to open ocean swell and current. Because of the specific depth, temperature, and conditions of this protected water, coral is able to grow much more abundantly, which translates into a greater variety of sea life.
Kealohi Point is also a very culturally significant place. Situated right next door to ancient He'eia Fishpond, the peninsula's distinctness had it regarded as a 'leaping point' in Hawaiian culture. A leaping point is a sacred place where the souls of the departed were believed to leap from this earth and reunite with their ancestors.
As stewards of He'eia State Park, Kama'aina Kids is proud to care for the land as a valuable resource for the community, and to offer educational programs that highlight the local culture and ecology in this special place that joins land and sea.
Kama'aina Kids is extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to manage He'eia State Park. Therefore, we feel it is our duty as stewards of He'eia to develop strong relationships and partnerships with others in the community who are making a difference. We strive to be the public portal to Kane'ohe Bay, as well as a leader in marine education and eco-tourism. We are always open to new partnerships and ideas on how to better serve our community, and make sure He'eia is sustainable and preserved for future generations.
Hui o Ko`olaupoko (HOK)
(HOK) is a 501(c)3 non-profit watershed management group established in 2007 to work with communities to improve water quality through ecosystem restoration and storm water management.
HOK implements innovative, on-the-ground projects that effectively manage and protect water quality and natural resources in Hawai`i.
HOK’s mission is to protect ocean health by restoring the 'āina: mauka to makai. And the work they have done, and continue to do for He'eia State Park is amazing!
Volunteer Service Projects
We are constantly asked if we have a volunteer programs. He'eia State Park has proudly benefited from the efforts of schools, scout troops, destination management companies, church groups, and even the military, who have all helped organize and run amazing volunteer service projects here. We are always grateful for the help!
Kama'aina Kids has been operating waterfront and environmental education programs on Kane'ohe Bay since 1987. Now, with He'eia State Park as our base, we operate a summer camp program that gets thousands of local children out on the water each summer; and teaches paddling, sailing, and ocean safety.