The Kailana model uses culturally-relevant ocean- and land-based experiential activities, including tall-ship sailing. The model fosters positive change and development through experiential, academic, and therapeutic activities in four general areas:
Land-based activities include growing crops and raising fish on the program’s farm, to hiking, camping, ropes courses, and community service projects.
Through the ocean-based component, youth progress from basic water safety skills to outrigger canoe paddling and small boat sailing. Youth then sail on five-day interisland open ocean voyages, planning and crewing three to four voyages before graduation/discharge aboard Marimed’s tall-ship, Makani Olu. The ship is a 96’, steel hulled, three-masted staysail schooner built in 1997. Makani Olu is a U.S. Coast Guard certified sailing school vessel with berthing for up to 15 students and 5 crew and staff.
Most clinically discharged youth return to their home schools having earned enough credits to work at their age/grade level and with the self-management and social skills needed to be a positive member of the community. Follow up studies show lasting, significant decreases in negative factors twelve months after clinical discharge, (IMO Project Final Evaluation Report, Ap. 2006, The Catalyst Group.)