For the ʻOhana
Family man Duane DeSoto, a waterman who aims to raise appreciation for and awareness of the ocean, shares his sun and surf favorites for all ages.
Duane DeSoto frequents the ocean more than most people. The Mākaha local has earned the respected title of waterman through years of competing on the World Surf League Longboarding Tour and voyaging on the illustrious Polynesian seafaring canoe Hōkūleʻa. As the CEO and founder of Nā Kama Kai, a nonprofit he formed in 2008 to teach Hawaiʻi’s keiki about ocean safety, DeSoto can be found leading monthly beach clinics around Oʻahu. One of the purposes of these clinics is to introduce keiki to water activities like canoe paddling and surfing through which they can gain a greater respect and understanding for the ocean. The father of seven shared with Living his recommended spots for all members of the ʻohana (family) to enjoy the ocean, land, and community on Oʻahu’s south shore.
The Nā Kama Kai family.
Nā Kama Kai is a nonprofit focused on educating the islands’ keiki about ocean awareness and safety.
Canoes Surf Break
Marked by the iconic Duke Kahanamoku statue, the surf break called Canoes offers a longboarding experience for locals and visitors. The waters upon which Kahanamoku pioneered the art of surfing in the early 1900s provide fun waves that are perfect for beginners. As its name suggests, this break attracts outrigger canoes, which for more than a century, and to this day, have the right of way on its waves. For DeSoto, surfing here is following in the legacy of Kahanamoku and the beachboys who pioneered surfing and ocean safety. “Take a surf lesson to get to know our modern beach boys,” he says. Some surf schools like Big Wave Dave Surf Company, Faith Surf School, and the Waikiki Star Beachboys offer surfboard rentals.
Kalakaua Avenue & Uluniu Avenue
Nā Kama Kai is a nonprofit focused on educating the islands’ keiki about ocean awareness and safety with fun still to be had for the entire family across Waikīkī’s beaches and surf breaks.
Duke Kahanamoku Beach is named in honor of the the father of modern surfing.