Malama Na `Apapa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization founded to support the NOAA management program to preserve, sustain, and restore valuable coral reef ecosystems locally on Kauai. Malama Na `Apapa means “Take Care of the Coral Reefs”

Since it’s incorporation in October of 2006, Malama Na `Apapa has carried out numerous in-water scuba diving reef clean ups. During these clean-ups we locate and remove Marine debris such as tires, nets, monofiliment, and other types of debris that have become entangled in the coral reefs. Useable debris is sent to the locations which are able to recycle them, all others are discarded to the proper refuse location. These dives are from depths between 5’ to 65’. The lengths of dives vary from 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Malama Na `Apapa also conducts quantitative reef surveys in which to measure the effects of our efforts to preserve, sustain, and restore Kaua’i’s coral reef ecosystem.

Na `Opio `Au Kai means “Children Who Care for the Ocean”

The goals for Na `Opio `Au Kai are:
• Increase awareness of our fragile ocean environment
• Provide a safe and enjoyable underwater experience
• Use this experience as a stepping stone to more advanced educational opportunities
• Encourge community service
• Promote community involvement

PADI Open Water Scuba Diver & Project Aware:

During the week of Spring Break Malama Na `Apapa and Na `Opio `Au Kai will conduct a certification course involving academics, confined water training and open water training leading to a PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification. Training will be conducted per PADI Standards and Procedures to provide a safe learning experience.

Once certification is obtained, opportunities will be provided for learning more about our ocean through videos, presentations by local experts and hands on experiences. Students will be encouraged to use their new scuba skills to learn how to correctly identify reef fishes, marine invertebrates, algae and corals commonly found in Hawaiian waters. In addition, students will learn how to perform a reef survey.