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Ke Kula Kai
Online Sea School

Based on our in-person in-ocean Reef Camp on the island of Kauai'i, this fun and fascinating program for elementary aged* students is like no other online program. You will experience an entertaining look at Hawaii's fascinating ocean through Western science and Hawaiian cultural perspectives.

And not only will you increase your understanding of marine life, you will discover ways to protect it.

Designed for youth, this program will be enjoyed by the whole family.
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LESSON SERIES

Ke Kula Kai
Online Sea School

Based on our in-person in-ocean Reef Camp on the island of Kauai'i, this fun and fascinating program for elementary aged* students is like no other online program. You will experience an entertaining look at Hawaii's fascinating ocean through Western science and Hawaiian cultural perspectives.

And not only will you increase your understanding of marine life, you will discover ways to protect it.

Designed for youth, this program will be enjoyed by the whole family.
Write your awesome label here.
LESSON SERIES

Ke Kula Kai
Online Sea School

Based on our in-person in-ocean Reef Camp on the island of Kauai'i, this fun and fascinating program for elementary aged* students is like no other online program. You will experience an entertaining look at Hawaii's fascinating ocean through Western science and Hawaiian cultural perspectives.

And not only will you increase your understanding of marine life, you will discover ways to protect it.

Designed for youth, this program will be enjoyed by the whole family.
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For Elementary Students
With Adult Supervision

Learn about the ocean, coral reefs, marine life and Hawaiian culture in this engaging and interactive online course.
Students are encouraged to go at their own pace, with average unit completion in about an hour. Each Lesson includes scientific and Hawaiian cultural information presented in the following ways:
  • Videos

  • Ebooks

  • Journals

  • PDF's

  • Artistic  Breaks

  • Interactive Games

  • Certification

  • & More

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What's in this course

Lesson content from

Science Experts

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Aaron Swink

EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Aaron is the Education and Outreach Specialist for the Kaua’i office of the Hawai’i’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR). He is a freshwater biologist by training, but his primary role with DAR is to talk with the public about the aquatic resources of Hawai’i and how we can protect them and ensure that they are still here for future generations. Aaron is also an avid fisherman and spends much of his time helping other fishermen to learn how to be “Pono” in their fishing practices. 

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Cheryl King

SEA TURTLE BIOLOGIST

Cheryl King has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology/psychology from Southampton College of Long Island University and a Master’s of Science degree in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center. In addition to being on research teams around the world, as a Maui resident since 1999 she has gained a vast amount of experience in ocean conservation and marine animal rescue. Cheryl runs the statewide Hawaiian hawksbill photo-ID catalogue. 

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Christopher Landreau

ARCHAEOLOGIST

Christopher is an archaeologist in Kauai and the owner of Ancient Kauai Excursions. Qualified by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior for both archaeology and historic preservation, Christopher excavated within the Makauwahi cave with the University of Hawaii field school and gives talks and instruction in mapping, GIS and oral history.


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Daniel Lager

MARINE BIOLOGIST

Dan is a marine biologist and formerly worked for the Hawaii’s Division of Aquatic Resources. He was part of a project on Kaua’i to help to stop the spread of an invasive aquatic plant called Salvinia. 




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Heather Ylitalo-Ward

MARINE BIOLOGIST

Heather is an aquatic biologist and is the lead biologist for the Kaua’i Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR). Her primary job is to research and monitor the health of the reefs around Kaua’i. In graduate school, Heather studied octopuses and they remain one of her passions to this day!



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Holly Lohuis

MARINE BIOLOGIST

Holly Lohuis is a marine biologist and educator with Ocean Futures Society, and has been diving the world’s oceans since 1996. With a degree in aquatic biology from UC Santa Barbara, Holly has also been a marine educator for over 25 years. She has taught thousands of children and adults about the wonders and fragility of the marine environment and the importance of protecting our water planet for future generations.

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Jaime Thomson

MARINE MAMMAL BIOLOGIST

Jamie works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service as a Marine Mammal Biologist. He works a lot with the Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal, monitoring their population and health. 




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Lynz Armstrong

ARCHAELOLOGIST

Linz Armstrong is an Archaeologist on Kauaʻi with a passion for Polynesian history and migration through the Pacific Islands. Heʻs originally from Victoria, British Columbia Canada where he obtained a BA from at the University of Victoria in Anthropology. He studied Hawaiian Archaeology at the University of Hawaii where he attended a field school on Kauaʻi at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve. 

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Mele Khalsa

ECOLOGIST

Mele is an ecologist, meaning she studies the innerworkings of everything alive in an environment. She is an Island Restoration Specialist at an organization called Island Conservation where she helps to protect islands for the benefit of the native species that are found there, especially sea birds.



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Dr. Robin W. Baird

RESEARCH BIOLOGIST

Dr. Robin W. Baird is a research biologist with Cascadia Research Collective, a non-profit research and education organization based in Olympia, Washington. His research addresses various aspects of cetacean behavior, ecology and management. Since the mid-1990s he has also been studying cetacean diving (subsurface) behavior and a number of species of Hawaiian cetaceans.


Hawaiian Kumu &
Cultural 
Practitioners

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Sabra Kauka

HAWAIIAN STUDIES TEACHER

Sabra is a Hawaiian Studies Kumu (teacher) on Kaua’i and caretaker of the aina and kai. Sabra received the Citizen Conservation Award from Hawai’i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources. Sabra is a Hawaiian Studies Kumu (teacher) on Kaua’i and caretaker of the aina and kai. Sabra received the Citizen Conservation Award from Hawai’i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources. 

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Dennis Chun

HAWAIIAN STUDIES TEACHER

Dennis is a teacher of Hawaiian studies at Kaua`i Community College, and crew member on the first voyage of the Hokule`a. Dennis continues to teach wayfinding to the kanaka of today.




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Nalani Brun

HAWAIIAN STUDIES KUMU

With a BA in pre-law from the University of Hawaii Mānoa, Nalani leads the County of Kauai Office of Economic Development as the department’s director. Nalani is a student of Hawaiian culture and has learned many cultural stories and practices from her teachers throughout the years.



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Nalani Kaneakua

CHEF

Nalani is a master Chef and limu practitioner who was taught by her `ohana. She continues to pass down her knowledge to the keiki of Kaua’i today, teaching.





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Puali`i Rossi-Fukino

 HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE KUMU

Puali`i is a teacher of Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies at Kauai Community College. Education: B.A., University of Hawai‘i Hilo, Hawaiian Studies, Anthropology M.A., University of Hawai‘i, Hawaiian Studies.




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Sean Chun

CULTURAL PRACTITIONER

Sean Chun is a traditionally trained native Hawaiian cultural practitioner. He practices multiple traditional healing arts including ho`oponopono (conflict resolution), la`au lapa`au (plant medicine), and lomilomi (massage). He is also the po`o of the Kaua`i Kupuna Council of Traditional Hawaiian Healing Arts and sit on the `Aha Kukakuka Ho`oponopono Board.

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Kamealoha Smith

NONPROFIT EDUCATION

Kamealoha holds a Master’s Degree in Second Language Teaching from UH Manoa and a Professional Teaching Diploma in Education with a focus in Hawaiian Knowledge from Halau Wanana. He works as a non-profit Outreach Educator and Program Administrator.



Reef Guardians

Educators & Media Specialists

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Jess Belt

SCIENTIST, ARTIST, EDUCATOR, CAPTAIN 

Jess received a B.S. in Biology/Marine Biology from Saint Francis University. She is the creatrix of our Ke Kula Kai Online Sea School’s Scientific Spotlight, Time out for Conservation, Artistic Breaks, and Interview with the Expert - writing, illustrating, and designing videos, learning activities, art projects, and games about science and conservation. She is also a science instructor for the Reef Guardians Reef Camps on the island of Kauai.


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Kamalani Brun

HAWAIIAN CULTURAL EDUCATOR

Kamalani received a B.A. from Western Washington University, Huxley College of the Environment, Environmental Studies. She is the creatrix of our Kula Kai Online Reef Camp’s Kanaka Connection, writing, illustrating and presenting videos about Hawaiian culture. At Reef Camp on Kaua'i, Kama has led groups of children on snorkeling adventures in coral reef lagoons, teaching them to kilo (practice observation) to see and understand the living reef ecology.


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Robin Mazor

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SEA SCHOOL PRODUCER, EDUCATOR, MERMAID

Robin is Reef Guardians Hawaiʻiʻs fearless leader and Chief Mermaid. She lives and works on the island of Kauaʻi. Her career has always been about serving the community, whether as an educator, farmer, non-profit Executive Director, photographer or social worker. She loves learning and is especially interested in sharing knowledge and wisdom about nature. Known by Kauaʻi kids as Ms. Mermaid, her most famous quote is, “Make smart choices”.


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Harry Rabin

FILM MAKER, REEF GUARDIANS CO-FOUNDER

Harry is a photographer and filmmaker whose career has spanned science, environment and public entertainment including award-winning films and compelling documentaries. He is a co-founder of Reef Guardians Hawaii and heads up coral research in Hawaii and Great White shark preservation in California. He is also an active and official liaison between NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and California Marine Sanctuary Foundation, formerly Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

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Briana Smith

DIVE MASTER, BOAT CAPTAIN, ARTIST, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

Briana is from Southern California and received her PADI Open water scuba instructor certification on Oahu. She moved to Kauai in 2019 to work as a dive instructor and became a boat captain in 2022. While on island she got involved with beach cleanups and started turning trash into art. At Reef Camp on Kauai, she has taught this marine debris art form and shared her knowledge about the ocean and an instructor and guide.


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Kylie Van De Wyngaerde

FILMMAKER, VIDEO EDITOR, WEBMASTER

Kylie studied Marine Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara, before turning her biology background toward film, working on wildlife and environment-focused productions. As a SCUBA instructor with years of experience working in the dive industry, she has unique firsthand experience with the underwater world. She has traveled to many continents, diving in and filming any body of water available. She works with Reef Guardians as webmaster, video editor and content producer.

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Leo Leite

AUDIO VIDEO ENGINEER, SCUBA DIVER

Leo is an audio engineer, music producer, event production technical director and videographer. He moved to New York from Brazil and now lives on Kaua'i where he makes underwater videos and recorded and edited this online Reef Camp Sea School.



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Miles Frazier

VIDEOGRAPHER & EDITOR

Miles is a videographer and video editor who grew up surfing on Kauai, beginning his technology career on staff with Reef Guardians. He is continuing to work in this field on Kaua'i and beyond.




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Renee Janton

MUSICIAN, DIVE MASTER, EDUCATOR

Renee has been a mermaid since she was four. That's when she got her first Life Saving Certificate so she could swim in the depths. She is a divemaster and guide for Reef Guardians Reef Camp. Renee is an amazing musician, playing both flute and harp.



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Terry Lilley

SCIENTIST, VIDEOGRAPHER, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

Marine biologist Terry Lilley has traveled the world surfing and studying marine life and reptiles. Terry's underwater movies, pictures and articles have been featured on National Geographic, in dozens of TV shows and in over 300 news articles including a weekly column in the Kauai Garden Island news called The Critter Of The Week.


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Kat Brickman

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

Kat works with Reef Guardians Hawai’i at Reef Camp as a teacher and “pod” leader. She has spent the past decade studying plastics and waste management. She volunteers with Surfrider Foundation’s Kaua’i Chapter as an educator.



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Tomy Takemura

MOVING GRAPHIC ARTIST

Tomy Takemura, Reef Guardians' Moving Graphic Artist, blends creativity and technical skill to craft animations that advocate for marine conservation. Her work supports environmental initiatives, making a tangible impact in protecting marine ecosystems.



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Allison Kronberg

WRITER, GRAPHIC DESIGNER, MARKETER

Allison was honored to lend her skills in web development, copywriting, and design to help Reef Guardians develop educational tools that will have a lasting impact on the community and our environment.




BROUGHT TO YOU BY

This educational program is made possible by generous community donations and grants from The County of Kauaʻi Kupa'a Kaua'i, Nora McNeely Hurley and Michael Hurley, The Manitou Fund, The S.W. Wilcox Trust, The McInerny Foundation, The G.N. Wilcox Trust, The State of Hawaiʻi and The Wanderlust Fund.

Reef Guardians Hawai'i

Surrounded by blue oceans, coral reefs, and abundant marine life, Reef Guardians is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with offices in Hanalei, Kauai and in Santa Barbara, California. Our mantras are "Reef Preservation through Research and Education,” and “Saving our Oceans, One Reef at a Time."

We are dedicated to raising awareness of our valuable marine environment and focus on monitoring the health of our Marine environment and educating tomorrow's ocean stewards and advocates.
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