Kayak, Snorkel & Restore in Kaneohe

by Kama'aina Kids Kayak & Snorkel Eco-Ventures ($)

Disclaimer: This site is following COVID-19 protocols which are updated with the Hawaii State Department of Health and may restrict certain activities.

He’eia State Park on Kaneohe Bay is located on the windward side of O’ahu, known for its lush forests, beautiful beaches, and traditional island feel. Help us restore around He’eia State Park by reforesting native plants and removing invasive species that threaten the natural environment of this place. This fun & meaningful experience will give new insight into Hawaii’s fragile ecosystem and an opportunity to kayak and snorkel around the calm waters of the bay. With your help we can continue to restore and preserve the land directly affecting the environment in a positive way.


    • Help restore the park for 2 hours.
    • Paddling orientation given by certified instructors of Holokai Adventures.
    • Self guided kayaking/snorkeling adventure in Kaneohe Bay.
    • Kayaking/snorkeling for all skill levels including beginners.
    • Kayaks are Malibu open-face kayaks and include backrest, anchors, life jacket, and paddles.
    • C4 Stand-Up Paddle Boards available.
    • All proceeds go to the nonprofit organizations Kama’aina Kids and travel2change.
    • Kaneohe Bay is protected by Oahu’s only Barrier Reef, Sites include: Coconut Island (aka Gilligan’s Island), Kaneohe Sandbar, Key Hole, Patch Reefs and Sunken City.
    • Holokai Adventures is a certified sustainable eco-tour operator recognized by the Hawaii EcoTourism Association Requirements.

COVID-19 update

    • All Kama’aina Kids employees will be wearing masks and sanitizing their hands in-between customers.
    • There will be hand cleaning stations (hand sanitizer dispensers and/or sinks) available to all guests.
    • All rental equipment- snorkeling gear, dry bags, coolers, anchors, lifejackets, paddles- will be sanitized thoroughly after each use and not reused.
    • All kayaks will be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
    • Kayak/Hobie Catamaran Rentals will have modified procedures that ensure proper sanitation and distancing procedures are maintained.

Know before you book

    • Ability to perform gardening tasks while bending, kneeling, lifting, and stretching.
    • Must be able to swim and handle yourself in the ocean unassisted without guide or lifeguards.
    • Signed waiver and release of liability must be agreed to and signed on site.

6 reviews

  1. Money Well Spent!

    We were a small group that had fun restoring the park. Time flew by and then we had the BEST lunch. YUMMY!!! After we took our the kayaks to the sandbar for a couple hours where we saw sea turtles and had fun under the sun. $40 WELL spent!!!

  2. Great adventure!

    This was my first experience kayaking and it was awesome. We had a great time on Saturday morning picking weeds that were overgrown at the State Park in KBAY. You should definitely try this event!

  3. Definitely worth doing if you are in Oahu

    Spent the morning learning about and clearing overgrown invasive plants at He’eia state park. After a delicious lunch, we got to go out on a kayak and explore the sandbar. Gorgeous views and great people. 10/10 would do again.

  4. Beautiful Views

    we started off the day to an amazing view of probably the most beautiful part of the island and were only asked to helped pick up trash and pick an invasive plant that has been taking over Hawaii. After a few hours of cleaning up, we were treated to an amazing lunch and a little tour of the area. Then went out into the water to a beautiful sand bar where unfortunately I had flipped our boat and all our stuff had drifted into the sea. Lucky for me, the wonderful group from travel2change went on a 15min snorkel adventure and retrieved all my girlfriend’s phone/go pro (thank you guys , you the true MVP).
    Overall , this was an amazing experience and if I ever come back to Hawaii , I will for sure be looking forward to meeting with you guys again.

  5. A great and meaningful experience!

    I love traveling but I always enjoy the type of traveling that makes you reflect and learn the culture and the people of the place. Travel2change was a great experience – it was meaningful and it felt great that you are doing something great for the community that you are visiting. There are many ways to see a place, and this one was definitely a great experience. It opened my eyes to a lot of things and made me realize that the little things do make a difference. I enjoyed helping out to restore He’eia state park during the day, getting to know the volunteers from different parts of the world and enjoying a great afternoon kayaking and snorkeling. Thank you for this unforgettable experience.

  6. What an Experience!

    It was so much fun to remove invasive plants with other travelers. Before long, we were all friends. Everyone shared a sense of purpose while walking along the gorgeous coast as we finished our volunteering efforts. Afterwards, we got to know each other more at the barbeque before venturing into kayaks. We were given use of all the equipment (Kayak, life vest, paddles, dry storage bag, snorkel, mask, etc.) for a couple of hours. We paddled out to the famous Kaneohe sandbar about 30 minutes offshore and a little island too. Overall, the experience was great.

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Kamehameha Highway 46-465
Kaneohe 96744 HI US
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