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Nā Kama Kai receives Hawaiian Electric grant to support Ocean Safety and Conservation Awareness Clinics

HONOLULU (Nov 5, 2013) -- Hawaiian Electric Company has donated $15,000 to Nā Kama Kai for the nonprofit organization's Ocean Safety and Conservation Awareness Clinics.

"These free clinics promote cultural knowledge and environmental responsibility to underprivileged youth and are held at various locations around Oʻahu including Waikīkī, Pokaʻi Bay, Ewa Beach Park, Waimānalo Beach Park, Kahana Bay and Haleʻiwa Beach Park," said Duane DeSoto, Nā Kama Kai founder and professional surfer. "Our clinics are usually filled to capacity, and we appreciate the Hawaiian Electric grant which will allow us to expand and reach a greater number of keiki across the island."

Since 2008, more than 6,500 children have participated in the Nā Kama Kai programs. In addition to learning ocean safety skills, youth are taught traditional surfboard shaping, stand up paddling and canoe activities, and stewardship and conservation. Through the programs, children are encouraged to become more thoughtful stewards of the ocean resources, ensuring its restoration and protection for generations to follow.

The free, two-hour Ocean Safety and Conservation Awareness Clinics are open to youth ages 2-18 years and held on the second Sunday of every month. The next clinic is scheduled on Sunday, November 10 at Ewa Beach Park, beginning at 9 a.m. with the last clinic held at 2 p.m. For more information about the ocean safety clinics or to donate to Nā Kama Kai, visit or call (808) 864-9164.

About Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.


Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.

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