K-Kauai - Kanakuk Family Kamp


Kanakuk's K-Kauai Family Kamp

The island adventure that lasts forever! K-Kauai, Kanakuk's Christian family camp makes it possible for the whole family to experience the blessing of Kanakuk together. This resort quality summer camp, located in Branson, Missouri serves the whole family from newborns to grandparents. During a week at K-Kauai, your family will be ministered to and refreshed through activities, games, family event nights, parents' nights, and more!


In this short video you can see where Kanakuk campers will stay, play and learn while at Kamp. Looking for more? Check out daily photos from previous summers here. You are also invited to visit us the next time you are in the Branson, Missouri area! For more information contact us.

Frequently asked questions, or contact us.


Is a trunk a requirement? Where do I buy one?

Trunks are not a requirement, but they make transporting and keeping luggage clean, organized, and convenient. Duffle bags and suit cases are welcome. Luggage may not be more than 15.5" tall. A good source for trunks is www.trunkoutletkanakuk.com.

K-Kauai Family Kamp

Would a single parent feel comfortable attending Family Kamp?

Absolutely! We have many single parents who bring their children and have a fantastic time! Some of our speakers may emphasize the marriage relationship in their teaching, but since we also cover topics like conflict resolution, raising children in today's world, etc - there is always something for everyone.

What are the room accomodations at Family Kamp like?

Each of our cabanas is very similar to a large motel room- with sleeping for six. There is a queen sized bed, a couch that comes out to a double, a set of bunk beds, and two private bathrooms. 

What time does K-Kauai open on Opening Day?

K-Kauai opens at 4:00 PM on Opening Day!

When is check out time on the last day of the term?

Check out is after breakfast on the last day of the term. Most families are gone by 10:00 am.

What should we pack for our time at K-Kauai?

You should bring casual clothing, costumes for theme nights, toiletries, beach towels, traveling iron and hair dryer if desired, sunscreen and insect repellant, laundry detergent and an ample supply of quarters (if you desire to do laundry during your stay).

Is there a doctor on site?

We share a doctor with K-Kountry, a neighboring kamp. However, we have nursing staff available at K-Kauai and are a five minute drive away from a quality hospital.

Is there a microwave, coffee pot, and refrigerator in the cabana?

There is a small refrigerator in each cabana for snacks. A microwave is available in the dining hall. There are no coffee pots in the cabanas. 

Is there a curfew?

There is no curfew for guests. However, our staff will be in bed by 11:30 PM  so they can be ready to serve again the next morning. 

Are there any restrictions we should know about?

Please no alcohol or tobacco on the Kanakuk island. Also, there are no pets allowed. 

Is there Wi-Fi available on the Island?

While it is not available in the cabanas, Wi-Fi is available in the Bean, Chapel and Game Room. 


When is my final payment due for overnight camp?

Final payments are due on March 1st. For enrollments after March 1st, full payment is due at the time of registration. You can check your balance, set-up monthly payments or make a payment by visiting Www.Mykanakuk.Com

What is the deadline to cancel and still have my deposit refunded?

Cancellations after March 1st will forfeit the $200 deposit.

Can I make monthly payments?

YES! You can set-up monthly payments in mykanakuk.com or contact Crystal in our Accounting department at 417.266.3233.

Can I pay with a Credit Card?

Yes! We can accept checks, electronic checks, or you may pay using your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

How do I make changes to my registration?

Email reg@kanakuk.com with your Kamper's name, Kamp and term they are registered for, and your requested change. 

While my child is at Kamp

Is sporting equipment provided, or do we send our child's personal equipment?

All sporting equipment will be provided for your Kamper. There is no need to send sports equipment. Personal gear can be used, but there is limited storage space and Kanakuk Ministries cannot be held liable for loss or damage to personal sports equipment.

Parent Testimonials
Another amazing week at K-Kauai. My girls say that Family Kamp makes them think about how amazing heaven will be. Our cup has been filled to the point of overflowing, and we are ready to go pour out Christ’s love.
We really enjoyed the variety of activities included at Kamp: boats, tubes, archery, ropes course, etc. Our kids wanted to sign up for next year from the moment they arrived. The welcome we received was amazing. We are thankful for what this place has done for our family's relationship with Christ. Can’t wait to come back next year!
The counselors have exceeded my expectations far and above all we imagined for our four kids. Their love and attention, affirmation and encouragement have poured out and filled to overflowing all six of us. Praise God!

2017 2-week

Kamp Dates Ages For Price
Term 1 June 3 to June 16 14-18 Boys and Girls $2,250
Term 2 June 17 to June 30 14-18 Boys and Girls $2,250
Term 3 July 1 to July 14 14-18 Boys and Girls $2,250
Term 4 July 15 to July 28 14-18 Boys and Girls $2,250
Term 5 July 29 to August 11 14-18 Boys and Girls $2,250
1-Week summer camp pricing for K-Kauai
K-Kauai pricing is dependent on how many people are in your family and their age. Pricing per week (2017 Pricing) is as follows: Adults are $975. Children ages seven to 18 are $760. Children three to six are $500. Children under three are free. To Enroll For 2017 see '2017 Speakers' tab on left side of this page.

2017 Family Kamp

Kamp Dates Ages For Price
Term 1 June 3 to June 9 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 2 June 10 to June 16 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 3 June 17 to June 23 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 4 June 24 to June 30 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 5 July 1 to July 7 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 6 July 8 to July 14 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 7 July 15 to July 21 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 8 July 22 to July 28 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 9 July 29 to August 4 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 10 August 5 to August 11 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies

To and From Kanakuk

Arriving at the "Island"

You can't miss Kanakuk's K-Kauai! The island theme is visible from the moment you approach this Branson oasis. We'll make it clear when you arrive that we want you to feel like this is YOUR vacation! Our staff's desire is to serve and attend to your family in any way they can. Starting at 4:00 PM your family will be quickly checked-in, and your car will be parked for you. 

Departing the "Island"

It's always hard to see our families leave at the end of their term at K-Kauai. So many friendships are formed, families are re-connected, and parents are re-freshed. It's such a wonderful experience that the majority of our families re-enroll for the next summer before they leave! 


Check out is after breakfast on the last day of each term. 

Kamp Location

K-Kauai - Kanakuk Family Kamp is located in Branson, Missouri at: 833 Lake Shore Drive, Branson, MO 65616

2017 Speakers

2017 Terms and dates, as well as speakers, are listed below.

K-Kauai pricing is dependent on how many people are in your family and their age. Pricing per week (2017 Pricing) is as follows: Adults are $975. Children ages seven to 18 are $760. Children three to six are $500. Children under three are free. 

Term 1 June 3 - June 9

Speaker: Rene Schaefer

Rene Schlaepfer is senior pastor of Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, California and the author of six books. Born in San Jose, California to Swiss immigrant parents, Rene grew up with dual citizenship and briefly lived in Switzerland before settling on the West Coast. There he worked for many years in broadcasting, primarily as an air personality on contemporary music radio stations.  While in broadcasting, Rene earned a BA in Radio/TV/Film from San Jose State and an MA Theology from Western Seminary. Since then, he has served as a pastor in San Diego, South Lake Tahoe, and Santa Cruz. Rene and his wife Laurie have three children they adore and are anxious to welcome their first grandchild this summer. Beside their love of church ministry, Rene and Laurie also advocate together for their favorite causes: local food banks and an orphanage in India.


Term 2  June 10 - June 16

Speaker: Tome Dawson

Tome Dawson serves as the South Tulsa Pastor and Tulsa Area Leader for LifeChurch.tv under the leadership of Craig Groeschel. In his role as the Tulsa Area Leader, Tome gives support and oversight to all the LifeChurch.tv locations in the Tulsa metro area. He has been with LifeChurch.tv since 2006 where he has minstered with his wife Nicole, who is a health coach and author of Sweet Cheats, an allergy friendly cookbook. Tome and Nicole have a passion to inspire and equip people to live their lives on purpose, ebing healthy spiritually and physically while striving to become fully devoted followers of Christ. They have been married since 2002 and have three children, Zachary, Cayden and Xander. 


Term 3 June 17 - June 23

Speaker: Shawn Stoever

Shawn is a listener, encourager, and helper.  His studies ended in a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology specialized in marriage and family therapy.  Professionally, Shawn has pioneered work in marriage crisis intervention, marriage enrichment adventures, and family business consulting.  He has served and led in some amazing families, organizations, and churches…from the Cathy Family of Chick-fil-A to the Gary Smalley Relationship Center to his current home church in Wimberley, TX. 


Shawn is passionate about his relationship with God and eager to share how you can experience fulfillment and joy in life.  He is the co-author of the books, “The Wholehearted Marriage” and “5 Days to a New Marriage”.  Whether he's leading retreats, writing, or appearing on television and radio broadcasts, Shawn's authentic humor, enthusiasm, and wisdom help him connect with his audience.  Despite extensive schooling, Shawn really did not know anything about relationships until he met his wife Christina.  They have five wonderful children, Taylor, Cade, Avery (with the Lord), Cody, and Colt.


Term 4 June 24 - June 30

Speaker: Ted Cunningham

Ted is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri.He is the author of Fun Loving You; Trophy Child and Young and In Love, and co-author of four books with Dr. Gary Smalley: The Language of SexFrom Anger to IntimacyGreat Parents, Lousy Lovers and As Long as We Both Shall Live. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Ted and his wife, Amy, have been married for 17 years and live in Branson, Missouri with their two children, Corynn and Carson. 



Term 5 July 1 - July 7

Speaker: Renaut van der Reit

Renaut van der Riet

Renaut’s most important role is as husband to his wife, Brooke, and as father to his 8 children, ranging from 10 to 19.  Four of his children were adopted from Ethiopia in 2012.

Renaut is the founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Oakland, FL, a suburb of Orlando.  Mosaic was planted in 2002 and is one of the fastest growing churches in Orlando with more than 2,500 attending gatherings at three campuses each week.

In addition to leading Mosaic, Renaut and Brooke are the founders and owners of multiple business ventures.  All their business ventures give 100% of net profits away towards social justice issues around the globe.

Renaut is passionate about inspiring and challenging people to live lives conformed by the Gospel of Jesus in every arena.  He is passionate about marriage and family and the privilege and responsibility we have to nurture those relationships.  He is well known for his unique communication style that puts  people at ease and engages them in sound biblical teaching.  Renaut has been in full time ministry for the past 20 years.


Term 6 July 8 - July 14

Speaker: Joel Thomas

Joel Thomas is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia- one of five Atlanta area churches that are a part of North Point Ministries, Inc. In this role, Joel provides visionary and directional leadership for all of the local church staff and congregation.

Prior to becoming lead pastor in 2011, Joel was the Director of Adult Ministries, leading the singles, marrieds and college teams at the North Point, Browns Bridge, and Buckhead campuses. Joel lives in Alpharetta with his wife Jennifer, who is also on staff wtih North Point Ministries, and their two totally adorable children, Talan and Gentry. 


Term 7 July 15 - July 21

Speaker: Dan Seaborn

Dan Seaborn encourages individuals and families to lead Christ-centered homes. His practical illustrations and memorable real-life examples teach others how to win at home. Through energetic and memorable presentations, Dan talks openly about family life- often by revealing his own struggles or failures. His sincerity leaves audiences nodding in agreement and his quick wit leaves them laughing, but ulitmately it is Dan's commitment to God and family that captivates audiences and challenges listeners of all ages. 

In 1995, Dan founded Winning at Home, Inc., and organization that produces media resources and hosts special events to develop marriages and families. Currently Dan is serving as the division leader for the Marriage and Family Division of the AACC. Prior to founding Winning at Home, Dan served at a large church in Michigan as Pastor of Student Ministries and then as Pastor of Family Life. He and his wife Jane have four children and live in western Michigan.


Term 8 July 22 - July 28

Speaker: Scott Kedersha

Scott & Kristen Kedersha have been a part of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX for the past 15 years. Over those years, Scott has served on staff in the marriage ministry at Watermark where he has helped prepare nearlyweds, establish newlyweds and enrich and restore all marriages. Scott & Kristen teach and help lead couples all over the marriage/relationship lifespan. Their passion is to help couples raise, not cheapen, the value of marriage. Scott is working on his first book, and writes at ScottKedersha.com. The Kedershas met in Atlanta in 1997 where Scott was one of Kristen’s graduate students in physical therapy. They have been married since September of 2001 and are the parents of four boys named Duncan, Drew, Carson & Lincoln. This will be their second summer at K-Kauai!


Term 9 July 29 - August 4

Speaker: Jonathan Pokluda

Jonathan “JP” Pokluda is one of the Teaching Pastors at Watermark Community Church and he leads The Porch, an influential Young Adults gathering in Dallas. At The Porch around two thousand young adults gather to worship, learn from the scriptures and are unleashed for Kingdom purposes.  JP came to understand the grace of the Gospel in his early twenties after being involved in different denominational churches his entire life. His passion is to share the Gospel with anyone who will listen and equip others to do the same. He also feels called to challenge Christians to live full lives committed to Jesus.  JP loves his wife of 9 years, Monica, and together they disciple their three children-Presley, Finley & Weston.




Term 10 August 5 - August 11

Speaker: Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He came to The Village in December 2002 and describes his tenure as a replanting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 to over 11,000 with campuses in Flower Mound, Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth.

 Matt is currently involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. He serves as president of Acts 29, a worldwide church-planting organization. Over the last 10 years, Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to nearly 500 churches in the United States and around the world.

 Beyond speaking at conferences throughout the world, Matt has also written three books, The Explicit Gospel, published in April 2012, Creature of the Word, released in October 2012, and To Live is Christ To Die is Gain, released in September 2013. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid, and Norah.





KAUAI EXCURSIONS:  (these require reservations)

·The Rainbow Descent Canoe Trip:  An all-afternoon family canoe trip, beginning after lunch with a short drive (transportation provided) to the headwaters of beautiful Lake Taneycomo for this 2-mile trek on open water.  If desired, a fishing license can be purchased at Bass Pro directly across the lake in Branson.  Available one afternoon each week.

·Martin’s Point Tropical Holiday:    Features skiing, tubing, knee and wake-boarding on Table Rock Lake.  You will need your own transportation.  Available three afternoons each week.

·Sunrise Float:  Be sure to arrive at the Reef by 6:30 a.m. to meet your guide.  Back for breakfast!  Available one morning each week.

·Bluff Jumping:  If you like heights, you will love the pontoon trip to Lake Table Rock’s famous bluffs where you can jump to your heart’s content.  You will need your own transportation.  Available three afternoons each week.

·Cast-Away Fishing Trip:  Requires a Missouri fishing and trout tag license.  Available two mornings each week.

·Pontoon Jaunt:  Join with family and friends for the afternoon of cruising, sunning, fishing and swimming.  12 people or 1,500 lb. per boat.  Kamp provides the driver.  Available Monday – Friday.

·“I’m Third”: a mini-mission trip to Kids Across America for families who want to serve – rake, shovel, paint, wash dishes and share some love.  This takes most of one day and requires your own transportation.  Available on Mondays.

“ISLAND” ACTIVITIES: (these require reservations)

·“Diamond Head” High Elements Course:  On-site ropes course and zipline.   Available to families during many of our afternoons (occasionally parents only).  Open without reservations on Fridays.  This includes:

The Screamer Swing – literally swing through the trees!

Hi-O Falls – A four-story free fall – not a bungee!

Climbing Wall – 30’ feet high – no age or weight limit

Zipline – the usual way down Diamond Head – 250 lb. weight limit.  Must be at least 6 years old.

·Paintball:  Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and closed-toe shoes.  For ages 10 and older.  Available one afternoon a week.

·Branson Kamp Tour:  Directors of K-1 and K-Kountry offer guided tours of their kids’ Kamps and answer any questions you may have.

Also available for everyone during select times in the afternoon and evening and do not require reservations:

            “Sunset Cove” Waterpark

            “Kumu Hale” Treehouse

            “Hana Bay” Pool and Jacuzzi

            “Kaanapali Greens” Mini-Golf Course

            “Kauai 500” Kids’ Race Track

            “Bamboo Bean” Snack Shop

            Game Room

            Shady Hammocks

            Fidget Ladder

ADDITIONAL BRANSON ATTRACTIONS: (These require your own transportation)

·Silver Dollar City:  An amusement park right out of the Old West.  Extremely discounted tickets of $23.00 each can be purchased in our office. 

·White Water:  Branson’s outdoor waterpark.  Discounted tickets can be purchased in our office for $21.84 each. 

·Showboat Branson Belle:  For dining and a show while enjoying beautiful Table Rock Lake.  Tickets can be purchased online.

·Hiking:  Dogwood Canyon offers a self-guided, paved trail that follows the canyon floor.  Adults: $8.95, kids 3-11: $4.95.  Stroller rental: $6.00.

·Fly-Fishing:  A catch and release program at Dogwood Canyon.  No license or stamp required.  Adults: $25.00, Kids 3-11: $15.00.  Rental equipment available.

·Branson Canopy Tours: Suspension bridges, numerous ziplines and beautiful heights.  Check it out on www.BransonZipline.com.   Code: Kanakuk

·Sporting Clays: 100-target course, using open choke shotgun.  Includes trap, skeet, wobble trip, sporting clays and five stand.  Check for prices it out at www.ozarkshooters.com/prices10.htm.

·Three Par Golf Course:  Nine holes.  You can rent there or bring your own clubs.  $15.00 for nine holes and $18 for eighteen holes.

·Horseback Riding:  Dogwood Canyon will offer a scenic, leisurely ride for $30 per person, ages 10 and up.

·Biking:  Comfortable family ride through the breathtaking Dogwood Canyon.  Bring your own bikes or rent there.


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