The Alaka’i Mentorship Program establishes a relationship with youth in the community seeking a stronger commitment to the conservation and stewardship of the ocean including concepts of mālama ‘āina and mālama kai (stewardship of the land and sea).This program is tailored to help meet the needs and interests of the youth in our community that are willing to commit to our program for one year.

Our mentorship activities are carefully planned to guide youth in developing the self-respect and self-reliance necessary to accomplish long-term goals.

Ocean navigational and boating skills are acquired through a partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Participants learn conservation leadership by participating through our NKK Clinics. They are introduced to ocean related career opportunities through interaction with professionals working in the marine environment.

They also organize and implement a community service activity based on knowledge gained through participation in a variety of established community service projects.