Meet our team of skilled Marine Biologists, Naturalists, and local Kaua'i experts!
Craig Hawkinson Reef Guides owner, came to Kaua'i after a long career as a marine science research biologist and teacher. He holds a BS in Marine Science from the University of Tampa in Florida and a MS in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Labs in California. Craig spent many years studying the feeding ecology and bioacoustics of numerous whale species along the West coast. He is also an experienced rescue diver and photographer. Craig loves sharing his passion about the ocean and its creatures and his excitement is always contagious!
Jimmy McDougall is an avid scuba diver and spear fisherman, and has been scuba certified since 2007. He earned his degree in Fisheries Science from Peninsula College in Washington State. After college he worked for an environmental consulting firm doing wetland delineation as well as forestry work before moving to Kaua'i. Jimmy grew up in Port Angeles, WA and says he’s always been oriented toward the ocean. He likes living on Kaua'i because “It’s homey, and like Port Angeles, it’s near the mountains and the ocean.”
Steve Cole is a pioneer in eco-tourism on Kaua'i. He began 27 years ago as owner of NaPali Eco Adventures, developing a crew education program aimed at telling the story of Kauai’s reef ecosystem. Steve founded Reef Guides Hawaii to provide a low-impact, authentic reef experience for Kauai’s visitors. Steve has been a part of Save Our Seas.us since its inception, leading educational outreach programs in support of ocean awareness. Steve is known locally as a "Waterman"--and is a world class canoe paddler, captain, diver and surfer.
Paul Clark is a multi-faceted marine biologist, being the president of Save Our Seas Hawai'i and Pack Your Trash, as well as a K-12 marine science teacher and a USCG Captain working the Na Pali coast for the past 10 years. Paul is a PADI certified Divemaster and has also worked as a scientific diver with the University of Hawai'i and the State Department of Land and Natural Resources to establish Marine Protected Areas on the Big Island. Paul specializes in coral reef adventures, night time coral reef explorations and loves to share his enthusiasm for ocean conservation and protection for visitors of all ages.
Natasha Kahawai is our reservation specialist, so she is happy to answer any questions you might have and assist you in making a booking. Her background is in education, where she holds a Master's Degree. Natasha lives with her husband and son in West Kaua'i and enjoys being at the beach and in the mountains.