Providing Camp NMA-zing to families for 18 years
Sponsored by Kamaaina Kids
Kamaaina Kids provides childcare for local and visiting convention groups. With the National Medical Association in town at its annual Scientific Assembly and Convention, the non-profit is providing a four-day program for hundreds of keiki during Camp NMA-zing!
Kamaaina Kids has been providing Camp NMA-zing for families with the National Medical Association for 18 years. The first program was held in Hawaii in 1997 with over 500 youth. “They invited us to go on the road with them and conduct childcare for their campers in different cities,” says Kathy Hew, executive vice president and convention division with Kamaaina Kids. “The NMA really like the aloha spirit of our staff.”
Kamaaina Kids has provided Camp NMA-zing in San Diego, New York, Dallas, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Orlando, Washington D.C., New Orleans, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit, and even in Toronto, Canada. The program is for children ages 3 – 18, and the non-profit aims to expose them to different cultures, looking for the most memorable or historical aspects of each city.
“For me and my team, we have to plan the program from Hawaii,” Hew says. Her team visits the city ahead of time to ensure the quality of the educational program they’re trying to provide for the children meets their expectations. During this year’s trip to Hawaii, the children are going on a cultural journey at the Polynesian Cultural Center. “For Hawaii, I think the Polynesian Cultural Center is perfect. They’ll get a taste of all the different islands,” says Hew.
The Gore brothers, Herman, Edwin, and Sean Michael, have been coming to Camp NMA-zing for years. “I’ve never been to a camp that’s cared so much about the kids,” 18-year-old Herman says. It’s something the three brothers look forward to every year. “It’s just like a friendly environment,” says the youngest brother, Sean Michael. “I get to make new friends, travel to different places. It’s just something that I love!”
Kamaaina Kids also provides childcare for local companies. For those who are interested, call Kamaaina Kids at (808) 262-4538 and ask for Kathy Hew.