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You’re in good hands with the Holokai Kayak and Snorkel Adventure Team! All of our waterfront staff are lifeguard, CPR, first aid, AED certified. We also all have the State of Hawaii boating and ocean safety certification. We are also ACA (American Canoe Association) certified ocean kayak instructors and US Sailing certified instructors. We are recognized as a Certified Sustainable Eco-Tour Operator by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association, and two of our guides have had the distinction of winning the HEA’s Sustainable Tour Guide of the Year (in 2013 and 2018). Our staff have attended Hawaii Marine Animal Response training and NOAA’s Oahu Ocean Awareness Training. We have unique backgrounds, but all of our waterfront staff have one thing in common: a passion for enjoying, preserving, and protecting Hawaii’s beautiful marine ecosystems and culture. And we want to share that passion with you!

Megan

Megan is originally from Minnesota and moved to Oahu last June with her husband, who is a Marine stationed here. Megan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 with a degree in Zoology and Environmental Studies and started working at He’eia State Park in January of 2019! When she’s not working she enjoys hiking, trying all sorts of different workouts at the gym, eating, and hanging at the beach with her husband and her husky, Thor.

Natalie
Waterfront Operations/Eco-tour guide

Natalie has always had a passion for marine science and conservation. Her educational path in marine science brought her to Hawaii, where she has become an avid paddler, snorkeler, and scuba diver. Now with a master’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University, Natalie is pursuing a career in the field where her passion lies. But guiding kayak and snorkel tours is just too much fun to give up, so every now and then you’ll still find Natalie on the bay in the role of guide for Holokai Kayak and Snorkel Adventure! With her background and passion for Hawaii’s unique marine life and ecosystems, you couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable guide to share your experience of this amazing underwater world!

Shane
Waterfront Operations/Eco-tour guide

Born and raised on Oahu, Shane calls Kane’ohe Bay home. Shane’s knowledge of windward Oahu from the mountains to the sea is second to none. An experienced diver and fisherman, Shane brings a sense of local and cultural experience to every tour he guides. And he loves to share the stories about his experiences. Currently pursuing a career in emergency medicine, guiding kayak and snorkel tours is the perfect way to get out of the classroom and enjoy doing what he loves most: getting out on the bay and sharing his home with others. With Shane as your guide, you are sure to get a great, authentic, local experience.

Andy
General Manager/Waterfront Program Director

Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Andy came to Hawaii in 2008 in search of a career in ocean eco-tourism. Where better than Hawaii to be able to kayak and snorkel year-round? The years go by like days in Hawaii, probably because of that endless summer feel, and like never land, you grow old but you don’t grow up. One thing that hasn’t changed is Andy’s passion for sharing the wonders of Hawaii’s marine ecosystems with others. A member of the Holokai Kayak and Snorkel team since 2013, Andy is a proud steward of He’eia State Park and Kane’ohe Bay.

Kevin
Waterfront Operations/Eco-tour guide

A Long Beach, California native, Kevin now calls Kane’ohe home. As a Natural Resource Environmental Management major in college, Kevin came to He’eia State Park to intern for his degree. After graduating, Kevin joined the team full time and is now one of our most seasoned kayak and Hobie sailing guides. He also leads our Kama’aina Kids summer day camp waterfront program. In 2018, Kevin was recognized by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association as the Sustainable Tour Guide of the Year for the island of Oahu! Kevin’s passion for the bay and its marine life combined with his non-stop above and beyond mentality when it comes to making our activities the highlight of your Hawaii vacation equal one thing: you are sure to have a great and memorable experience with him as your guide!

Cory
Waterfront Operations/Eco-tour guide

Born and raised right here on Oahu, Cory brings a wealth of local knowledge and experience to share with all of his guests. He possesses the attention to detail and safety that everybody needs while creating an easy going, laid back, positive energy that everybody can feel and appreciate. You couldn’t ask for a better instructor and guide to spend a day on the bay with. Whether it’s your first time kayaking and snorkeling or you’re a seasoned pro, Cory caters to his guests’ needs and goes out of his way to give everybody the personal attention needed to ensure a great time and a safe, memorable experience of Hawaii’s ocean world for all.

Laura
Waterfront Operations/Eco-tour guide

Laura’s passion is to promote environmental awareness through engaging people in fun outdoor activities. As an avid conservationist and nature enthusiast, she actively volunteers with a local non-profit organization, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi, to help keep Hawaiʻi’s beaches clean and educate community members about plastic pollution. Laura received her Bachelor’s in Marine Ecology and Conservation from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Conservation Biology. When she’s not at work, studying, or volunteering, you can most likely find her outdoors; at the beach, in the water diving or surfing, or hiking up a mountain. Her love of and interest in taking care of the environment around her stems from being born and raised on Oʻahu.

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