Family-learning on menu at Ohana Resort

KEAUHOU, Hawaii -- The Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort here has a getaway that offers educational experiences for the kids while their parents enjoy a relaxing vacation.

The Big Island-based property is working with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society to offer an experiential program called Hawaii Ambassadors of the Environment.

While parents stay at the resort, kids journey to nearby Keei, the Kona Family YMCA's sustainable campsite.

There, marine experts and other educators will teach kids ages 8 to 15 about Hawaii's natural environment, including its coral, marine and plant life.

Special two- and three-night camp programs, starting at $250, are offered to the children of guests of the Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort who attend the camp during the following dates: June 15 to 18; July 13 to 16; and July 27 to 30.

The cost includes transportation for kids to and from the hotel, food, campsite accommodations and equipment.

One-week programs and family camps are available during other dates, as well.

To enroll, contact T.D. Thornton at the Kona Family YMCA at (808) 329-9622 or visit www.aote.org.

Complementing the Hawaii Ambassadors of the Environment program, the hotel has an Ocean Adventure rate of $119 per night, single or double, for guests whose children attend the camp. Hotel rates are commissionable and also include free fares for kids on various day cruises and a souvenir dolphin poster.

For information, call (800) 462-6262 or visit www.ohanahotels.com.

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