Who We Are

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Malama Kai Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ocean stewardship for current and future generations. For over 25 years, Malama Kai Foundation has been a leader in protecting Hawaii's coastal and nearshore resources. 

When Malama Kai Foundation was founded in 1991, its primary focus was the statewide day-use mooring program, public education, and community outreach. Since then, Malama Kai Foundation has expanded its capability to include other efforts that manage marine and coastal resources at the community level and protect important nearshore resources.

Over the years, Malama Kai Foundation has worked closely with State and Federal agencies, the University of Hawaiʻi, private businesses, and local communities to raise funds and carry out projects. Much of the organization’s work is undertaken by volunteers, while contractors are hired to carry out specific project components.


Without Malama Kai Foundation, the reality of protecting Hawaii’s reefs might still be a dream.
— Jeff and Teri Leicher