Feed children, help the environment and live aloha.
Kapena Kai - Captain of the Sea
Every vessel has a Captain, and every Captain has his or her Crew. Kapena Kai, hawaiian for Captain of the Sea,
is a headwear company guiding the corporate retail industry in the
right direction, like that of a Captain. An avenue for bettering people
and our planet through quality-made goods. We believe that everyone can
better themselves through the things we love most- surfing, camping,
outdoor exploration. It just takes some adventure and good spirit.
a mission trip to India in March of 2016, Mikey encountered an entirely
different culture and part of the world he had never experienced
before. Beyond eating rice and curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner
everyday, Mikey found India quite inspiring. His favorite part along the
journey was teaching at a small children's school in a rural town
several miles from the city. The school is in an area of extreme
poverty, where locals bathe and brush their teeth in the same pond they
dump their trash. And where roads are made of rocks and dirt, restrooms-
just holes in the ground, A/C was unheard of, and houses of cement.
These people lived differently than what Mikey was used to back home,
but he was eager to teach the children none-the-less. We
brought school supplies for the children. I passed out fun-decorated
writing pencils, each kid received just one. The pack of pencils ran
out towards the end and there was still one child who had not received a
fun-decorated pencil. My only option was to open the pack of yellow
pencils and so I handed the child two yellow ones in supplement of
running out of the fun-decorated ones. He looked at me, reached out his
hand and grabbed only one. I was surprised at first. It took me a couple
minutes to convince him that he could take two. My heart melted in that
moment. These children have very little and they don't expect much, but
they're always smiling. The next day, I decided to
purchase bananas for all the kids. I noticed the last couple days that
they had been eating the same rice and curry everyday. I thought it
would be nice to offer them nutritious fruit with their lunch. All the
children loved it, each child got one banana and they thanked me a
hundred times for the remainder of that day. They like bananas.
After returning home, Mikey decided to partner with the school he
taught at while in India. And now for every cap someone purchases, five
children are being fed bananas. Read more about how Every Cap Feeds Five Children.
In the office. Most of my ideas come from this place.
born in Everett, Washington, moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when
he was four years old. Growing up five minutes from the beach allowed
Mikey to experience the power and the many benefits of the ocean. At a
young age he discovered his passion to learn about the sea and to
protect our beloved coastline. During the summer, Mikey works for his local Kure Beach Fire Department as an Ocean Rescue First Responder. It's not often he has to save people but its important that the three mile stretch of coastline in Kure Beach is clear and protected in case of emergency.
Mikey is a full time student majoring in Oceanography at
the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He would also like to
attend the University of Hawai'i at Manoa for Ocean and Resources
Engineering if the opportunity arrises. Mikey has the heart and vision
for the growth and success of Kapena Kai. His focus on giving back to
the environment and to people in need is something few other companies
and businesses risk or invest their time in. Kapena Kai is different and
we hope that after you wear our products you begin believing in
something greater than a brand, but something worth living for.