Ocean Safety ʻOhana is a healing venture. I founded the organization after the loss of my husband Mark and my youngest daughter Mina in an ocean accident at the Makapuʻu Tidepools in July of 2016. In representing the unique perspective of those who have lost loved ones to the ocean, Ocean Safety ʻOhana ultimately seeks to prevent other losses while nurturing a deeper relationship with our ocean and beaches. As a local, community-based non-profit we honor the cultural, generational and place-based ocean knowledge that is one of Hawaii’s greatest living legacies.
The work we endeavor as Ocean Safety ʻOhana embraces both definitions provided by Pukui:
nvs. Family, relative, kin group; related. ʻOhana holoʻokoʻa, ʻohana nui, extended family, clan.
vi. To gather for family prayers (short for pule ʻohana).