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On Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. HST, Nā Kama Kai will premiere its annual Pa‘akai Gala on KGMB and online at The virtual event is held to celebrate the prestigious Pa‘akai and Hoʻokele awards that are given to individuals whose work emulates the organization’s vision of a sustainable and safe future for keiki. This year, Nā Kama Kai will honor the late Rell Sunn as its 2021 Paʻakai award recipient and Alicia Higa as its Hoʻokele recipient for their impact on the stewardship of ʻāina and cultural-based work. \ \ Presented by Patagonia, the event will pay homage to Rell Sunn’s life by featuring friends and family of the Makaha-born pioneer in women’s surfing while celebrating Nā Kama Kai’s success over the last decade. The annual gala helps the organization raise vital funds and awareness to strengthen the relationship between Hawaiʻi’s youth, the ocean and the islands.\ \ “Since 2008 Nā Kama Kai has had the incredible privilege to share Hawaii\'s ocean with our most precious resource, our children” said Duane DeSoto, Nā Kama Kai Founder and CEO. “Immersing our children in the fun, exciting, and unpredictable elements of the ocean empowers them to be present in the moment while nurturing a life long relationship.”\ \ Our televised 10th Annual Paakai Gala will tell the amazing story of how Hawaii\'s own, Aunty Rell Sunn of Mākaha, influenced the world of surfing and planted the seed for the very creation of Nā Kama Kai, while also jamming to our Children of the Sea music album that helps keiki all over the world join in on the fun and excitement. \ \ “Mahalo to all who have supported Nā Kama Kai through the years. Together we strengthen our children, improve the health of the ocean and reefs, and honor the legacy of our ancestors that paved the way for our unrivaled connection to the ocean” said DeSoto.\ \ The night promises to be entertaining with music from the “Children of the Sea (Nā Kama Kai)” album by Haku Keiki featuring K