What is K-Kauai?

The island adventure that lasts forever!
K-Kauai, Kanakuk's Family Kamp 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! 

K-Kauai Family Kamp

K-Kauai Activities

Ala Moana (Ages 0-2)

The Ala Moana is our family camp program for infants. Your child will be supervised and entertained by loving, trained K-Kauai staff as they provide age appropriate activities, Bible stories and singing. We desire to model Christ's love to our campers, big and small! (Newborns: Some restrictions apply.)

Kowabungas (Ages 3-4)

The Kowabungas is our family camp program for toddlers. Your child will be supervised and entertained by loving, trained K-Kauai staff as they provide age appropriate activities, Bible stories, teaching, and singing. We desire to model Christ's love to our campers, big and small! (Newborns: Some restrictions apply.)

Koconut Kids (Ages 5-6)

The Koconut Kids is our family camp program for preschoolers. Your child will be supervised and entertained by loving, trained K-Kauai staff as they provide age appropriate activities, Bible stories, teaching, and singing. We desire to model Christ's love to our campers, big and small! (Newborns: Some restrictions apply.)

Kiwi Krew, Riptide, and Breakers (Ages 7-18)

There's no shortage of fun and adventure for kids at Kanakuk's family camp! "Surf's up" at K-Kauai with adventure, sports, games, and activities that never end. Worship and Bible study are also part of the fun. Activities include: archery, canoeing, crafts, hiking, sports, ziplines, swimming, and much more! All these activities are led by our college-age staff who can't wait to have a blast with your kids and invest in their lives.

Low Tide (For parents)

This morning program for parents includes daily seminars, breakout sessions, and fun activities led by nationally-known experts in marriage, family, and Christian living. 

Fun Activities for the Whole Family

In the afternoons, the whole family can enjoy some of the following activities:

  • Sunset Cove Water Park, Complete with a Lazy River
  • Island Putt-Putt
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Canoeing, Archery, BB gun range
  • Zipline and other high elements
  • Paintball Course at Diamond Head
  • High Elements and Ropes Course
  • Family Excursions*
  • Dogwood Canyon Hiking, Fishing, Biking, Horseback Riding, water skiing, tubing, bluff jumping, Kayaking, and                    Wildlife Tram Tours*
  • Jolly Oyster Arts and Crafts*
  • Discounted Tickets and Local Attractions*
  • Shopping at Branson Landing

*Additional fees may apply

K-Kauai Family Camp Special Features

Our resort-quality family camp also includes:

  • Bamboo Bean Coffee  & Smoothy Shop
  • Muscle Beach Workout Facility
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Hana Bay Themed Pool and Slide
  • Indoor/Outdoor Gymnasiums
  • Playground
  • Game Room
  • Family-style Dining in our Hale Olina themed Dining Hall


Q. Who Can Come To K-Kauai?

K-Kauai will become a great summer tradition for your family. We welcome extended family members and friends to be your guest. Sign them up on your application. Minors who are not in your immediate family will need a signed guardian release. A Welcome Packet will be sent to you in April.

  • Father
  • Son
  • Grandmother
  • Mother
  • Step-Son
  • Grandfather
  • Daughter
  • Step-Daughter
  • Friend of Family

How Does K-Kauai's Weekly Tuition Compare To Other Family Summer Camps?

K-Kauai 7 Day Tuition - For a family of six for seven days - $3,985 For 7 days at K-Kauai
This price includes: Tuition, Lodging, Meals, and Kamp Video

Other Fine Family Camps with a Programmed Experience, for the same family of six for seven days.
$4,892 for 7 days (California)
$4,654 for 7 days (California)
$4,472 for 7 days (Colorado)

Through the generosity of donors like you we provide scholarships to families on a need basis. For more information about giving to Kanakuk ministries or to share your need with us, please call (417) 266-3701.

What Are The Accommodations Like?

Our Polynesian style Cabanas are air-conditioned, sleep a family of six comfortably in an open floor plan, and have two private baths. Stairs lead to the second and third floors.

  • Air-conditioned
  • Each Cabana sleeps six in a "Cozy Family-Style" open floor plan
  • Two Private Bathrooms
  • One Large Bedroom for the Family
  • One Queen-Sized Bed
  • Two Bunk Beds
  • One Sleeper Sofa
  • Refrigerator
  • Double Cabanas available for larger families
  • Outside stairs lead to the Second and Third floors of the building

Map And Location

K-Kaua'i Kanakuk Family Kamp is located in Branson, Missouri at:

833 Lake Shore Drive, Branson, MO 65616

Area Lodging

During your term at K-Kaua'i, you might like to venture into town and go exploring. Let us show you where Kanakuk families love to play, stay, and eat while in Branson! Many of our families like to stay in the Branson area either right after they've dropped off their Kampers, or right after pick-up. Over the years, they've let us know about many of the places where their family prefers to relax and unwind, spend quality time together, or enjoy a great meal where "someone else does the cooking". 

We'd like to share a few of these recommendations with you- just click the picture below and you'll be taken to the Lodging and Attractions page of our website. Of course, if you choose to visit any of these establishments, we'd love it if you'd let them know that the Kanakuk family recommended them to you.

Enjoy! Visit the Lodging and Attractions page.

2014 Speakers

2014 Speaker Lineup

Term 1

May 31 - Jun 7

Term 2

Jun 7 - Jun 14

Term 3

Jun 14 - Jun 21

Term 4

Jun 21 - Jun 28

Term 5

Jun 28 - Jul 5

Term 6

Jul 5 - Jul 12

Term 7

Jul 12 - Jul 19

Term 8

Jul 19 - Jul 26

Term 9

Jul 26 - Aug 2

Term 10

Aug 2 - Aug 9


Signup Sheet for Excursions

The Rainbow Descent Canoe Trip—this all-afternoon family canoe trip begins right after lunch with a short drive (we will provide transportation) to the headwaters of beautiful Taneycomo Lake. You have the afternoon to make this 2-mile trek on open water. And if you’re a skilled fishermen, you may just capture a Taneycomo treasure. Good luck! A fishing license can be purchased at Bass Pro directly across the lake in Branson.

Martin’s Point Tropical Holiday—this gem of an adventure features skiing, tubing, knee and wake-boarding and guaranteed family bonding. For those who want to experience one of America’s most gorgeous lakes, this trip is for you. This trip is located on Table Rock Lake and you will need to have your own transportation.

The Sunrise Float—enjoy the peace and stillness as your canoe cuts through the morning fog on lake Taneycomo while listening to the sounds of nature all around you. Float on the water & then be filled by some living water w/ a morning devotional provided by our staff before you return in time for breakfast in the Hale Olina. Be sure to arrive at the Reef by 6:30 a.m. to meet your guide

Hawaiian Juff Blumping—yes, you heard us correctly. We said, “juff-blumping”, and it is not to be confused with “bluff-jumping”. We don’t do anything the “typical” way around here. So, if you like heights, and you’re even fonder of “lowghts”, then you’ll love this trip by pontoon boat to Lake Table Rock’s famous bluffs, where you can juff-blump from heights to lowghts ‘til your heart’s content. Bring your video camera. You will need your own transportation for this trip.

Diamond Head High Elements Course—this is our onsite ropes course and zipline. Normally used as part of our Low Tide youth program, it is available to families during many of our afternoons, and occasionally to parents only. Those who elect not to leave K-Kauai property on “Ooooo Days” may want to sign up for a session on Diamond Head. It will test your courage and build your character. This High Elements Course includes our new Screamer Swing and Free Fall.

  • The Screamer Swing– was new in 2010 and allows you to experience the thrill of the biggest swing in the Kanakuk Kamps system –or watch as daring individuals literally swing through trees. You will quickly understand how it got its name!
  • Hi-O Falls or the ‘Free Fall’ – was also new in 2010, and gives you the opportunity to experience an actual four-story fall! It’s not a bungee – it’s a free fall! Coming all the way from the United Kingdom, this ride is one of only a handful in the United States!
  • Diamond Head Climbing Wall - Climb our 30-foot rock wall, and take it to the top, if you dare! Perfect activity to fill an afternoon on the Island. No weight limit and no age limit . . . but tons of fun!
  • Bonzai Zipline - is the usual way down from Diamond Head. Those who are interested in “zipping” without all the preliminaries of our ropes course are welcomed to sign up for Bonzai. It’s the only way to fly! (Weight limit: 250 lbs. Age limit: 6 years old) There is no weight limit to our ropes course, but guests must be 8 years old to do Diamond Head (low level). If they want to do the upper level, they must be tall enough to clip into our cables. (Most 8-year-olds are able to do so.)

Cast Away” Fishing Trip – new in 2012 this trip was a hit “hook, line & sinker”. You’ll join local guides for an early morning fishing experience at some of the “local” fishing holes along Taneycomo. We’ll transport by pontoon so space is limited. Sign up early b/c the “early worm gets the fish”. A Missouri fishing license is required for this and can be purchased upon arrival 5 min. from K-Kauai’s property.

Paintball – Ready, Aim, FUN! It’s time for the paint to splatter and memories to be made. We host our very own Paintball Paradise that will have your family reliving this adventure all year long. This has been a HUGE hit and will continue to be one of the highlights of your time on the Island. Bring your clothes ‘cause they make a dent! (bring long sleeve shirts, pants, & closed toe shoes along w/ tick/mosquito repellent) This is for our guests, age 10 and older.

The I’m Third Way”—is a mini-mission experience to Kids Across America for families who want to serve others in the midst of their vacation. Come prepared to rake, shovel, paint, wash dishes, and share Christ’s love with the kids at our inner-city Kamps. This excursion is a guest favorite every summer. This excursion takes most of one day and you will need your own transportation.

Taneycomo Pontoon Jaunt—take your family and friends aboard a pontoon boat for an afternoon of cruising, sunning, fishing, and swimming. The whole lake is yours! 12 people or 1500 lbs per boat. Reservations only. We provide the driver.

Branson Kamp Tour—take a trip down memory lane or experience for the first time our other Kanakuk Kamp properties just down Taneycomo from K-Kauai. Whether you were a kamper / counselor or have future kampers / counselors in your family this is a great chance to visit with our K-1 or K-Kountry directors on this guided tour.

Hiking—Bring the history of Dogwood Canyon to life on a self-guided, paved trail that follows the gorgeous canyon floor. Adults $8.95, Kids 3-11 $4.95, Stroller rental $6.00.

  • Fly-fishing—at Dogwood Canyon. This adventure takes you into sparkling spring-fed water, which is home to beautiful rainbow trout. This is a catch and release fishing program. No license or stamp required. Adults $25.00 Kids 3-11 $15.00 Spinning rod rental is $6.00 and fly rod rental is $10.00.

    Biking—at Dogwood Canyon. Let the wind blow through your hair while you enjoy a comfortable, family ride through this truly breathtaking canyon. Adults $17.95 per day, Kids 3-11 $8.95. Prices for those who bring their own bikes are $$8.95 for adults, and $4.95 for kids.

    Horseback Riding—enjoy a scenic leisurely ride. Two options available: Big Cedar Lodge, $28 per person, ages 6 and up, 260 lb. weight limit, 12 people per hour. Or Dogwood Canyon, $30 per person, ages 10 and up, 260 lb. weight limit, 6 people per hour.

    Silver Dollar City—You have a great past ahead of you! Travel back in time to the simplicity of the 1880’s America – with demonstrating craftsmen, unique shops, live shows, delightful restaurants, rides and attractions. Silver Dollar City has a new huge $7 million water battle attraction this year that promises to be exciting for kids of all ages! Regular prices are: $51.59 (adults, 12-61), $40.84 (children, 4-11), and $49.44 (seniors, 62+). You can purchase them at the Kauai Office for $21.25 each. This requires your own transportation.

  • White Water—the Beach within Reach! Splashtacular events await your entire crew! Branson’s only outdoor water park with water blasters and super soakers, to high tides and speed rides. Regular prices are: $39.06 (adults, 12-61), $33.48 (children, 4-11), and $20.09 (“land lubbers”). This requires your own transportation, but you can purchase the tickets in the Kauai Office for $20.02 each.

    Showboat Branson Belle – Themed after the majestic showboats of the 1800’s traveling up and down the rivers of America, the Showboat offers a unique lake attraction and is America’s largest ship built on a landlocked lake. After dining and enjoying the show, you will have 20-30 minutes to stroll the exterior decks of the Showboat and enjoy scenic views of Table Rock Lake and the Ozark Mountains. Ticket prices:

    Sporting Clays – This is a walk-thru, 100-target course that will stimulate game hunting with crossing targets, rising targets, a rabbit on the ground or fleeing targets… using an open choke shotgun. Again, this requires your own transportation.

  • Prices are:

    • Trap (per 25)= $6.00
    • Skeet (per 25)= $6.00
    • Wobble Trap= $6.00
    • Sporting Clays (per 50)=$20.00
    • Sporting Clays (per 100)= $32.00
    • Five Stand= $10.00

    Sight-n-Sound— The Sight & Sound Theatre is one of our newest theaters in Branson and this year’s production of “Joseph – The Musical” which began in April 2012 will be presented on a 300-foot-long wrap around stage. Soar with Joseph as his inspiring story unfolds in front, beside and even above you. With innovative dream sequences, lavish Egyptian staging, colorful characters, live animals and memorable songs you’ll be talking about it long after. Ticket prices TBA.

    Branson Canopy Tours – Trek across swinging suspension bridges, cross walkways covered in the canopy and literally soar into ad venture along numerous zip lines for a one-of-kind outdoor adventure in the heart of the Ozarks. There are both 2.5 hour and 1.5 hour tours through the Wolfe Creek Preserve. Family passes (2 adults + 3 children) are available for $299.99 plus tax or $199.99 plus tax. A great introductory look into the ecology of the Ozarks wilderness without cutting corners on quality or excitement! Check it out on www.BransonZipline.com code: Kanakuk.

    Three Par Golf Tournament – Located only a few minutes from Kauai, and across Lake Taneycomo, this small par three, nine hole course allows you the opportunity to practice your swing. The office will be glad to arrange tee times if you would like. For an adult the price is $15.00 for 9 holes and $18.00 for 18 holes. For a youth, the price is $7.00 for 9 holes and $10.00 for 18 holes. You can bring your own golf clubs or rent there for $3.00.

  • 2015 Speakers

    Term 1 May 30 - June 6

    Speaker: Kim & Krickett Carpenter

    Kim and Krickett Carpenter are the real life true story behind the book and the #1 Box Office hit movie “The Vow”.  They have shared their story to a worldwide audience reaching an estimated 400 million people who have either seen, read or heard their story.

    Dr. Carpenter and his wife have spent the past 12 years interviewing globally and presenting as national speakers, having toured with Sarah Palin and Candace Cameron.  They have appeared in People Magazine and the Today Show, Dateline NBC, as well as Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil.

     Today, Kim and Krickett live in Farmington, NM with their two children.  Kim serves as the CEO of San Juan County and Krickitt is a substitute high school teacher.

    Term 2  June 6 - June 13

    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 he 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 cook book.  Tome and Nicole have a passion to inspire and equip people to live their lives on purpose, being healthy spiritually and physically while striving to become fully devoted followers of Christ.  They have been married since 2002 and have 3 children, Zachary, Cayden and Xander. 

    Term 3 June 13 - June 20

    Speaker: Joel Thomas

    Joel Thomas is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA – 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 with North Point Ministries, and their two totally adorable children, Talan and Gentry.

    Term 4 June 20 - June 27

    Speaker: Ted Cunningham

    Ted is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, MO. 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 Sex; From Anger to Intimacy; Great 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, MO with their two children, Corynn and Carson.

    Term 5 June 27 - July 4

    Speaker: Alex Himaya

    Dr. Alex Himaya is the founding and senior pastor of the Church located in Tulsa, OK, one of the fastest growing churches in America.  It has grown from 120 to over 4,500.  His heart is to develop a healthy church body of all ages and turning that body into disciples for reaching Tulsa, America and the world.

     God has blessed Alex with the talent to reach the high tech culture of Generation Next.  Involved in revival, citywide rallies, camps and school assemblies, He speaks almost 200 times a year.  He enjoys his opportunities to share the gospel and speak to students, singles and young adults all over the country.

    Alex and his wife, Meredith, have four children, Katherine, Eli, Benjamin and Lemley.

    Term 6 July 4 - July 11

    Speaker: Chris Spradlin

    Chris Spradlin has one foot firmly planted in the ministry world and one foot firmly planted in the business world.  He is the founder of EpicParent.tv, a Teaching Pastor at New Hope Church and an Executive Team member of Orange Leaf Holdings, LLC.

    Chris has been in ministry for over 20 years and several of those years he served as a Pastor and Team Teacher at LifeChurch.tv under the leadership of Craig Groeschel.  Chris has been married to his “smoking hot wife” Jodie for 20 years and they have 3 great kiddos known as Team Sprad.

    In his spare time Chris loves to fly fish, play hoops, snowboard and chase his black lab, egg laying chickens and pot bellied pig Blue around the back yard.

    Term 7 July 11 - July 18

    Speaker: Will Cunningham

    Soon after graduating from college and earning his Masters in Counseling at Denver Seminary, Will and Cindy practiced as a marriage and family counselor 12 years, before embarking on a 14-year career with Kanakuk Kamps. They both served as Directors of both K-Kountry and K-Kauai Family Kamp, leading discipling and mentoring college students. In 2010 Will began his role as Dean of Students at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, CO.

    Will has written 5 books, including “How to Win a Family Fight”, “It Happened at the Sunset Grille”, “Letters From the Other Side” and “Sins of the Fathers”. They have two grown sons and enjoy biking, hiking, working out, reading, writing, gardening and cooking together.

    Term 8 July 18 - July 25

    Speaker: Gary & Barb Rosberg

    Dr. Gary & Barb Rosberg are sought-after executive life and marriage coaches, award-winning authors, popular radio hosts and beloved international marriage conference speakers.  They are founders of “America’s Family Coaches” that addresses the needs of marriage today with biblical truth.   Since 2006 the Rosbergs have been on a mission to strengthen military families across this nation, offering hope, encouragements and practical coaching for military marriages, as well as free marriage resources to help them grow and stay connected.

     Married since 1975, Gary and Barb have two adult daughters and seven grandchildren.

    Term 9 July 25 - August 1

    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 1 - August 8

    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 Laure and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid, and Norah.


    Family Kamp

    1 Week for 2015

    Term 01
    May 30 - Jun 6

    Term 02
    Jun 6 - Jun 13

    Term 03
    Jun 13 - Jun 20

    Term 04
    Jun 20 - Jun 27

    Term 05
    Jun 27 - Jul 4

    Term 06
    Jul 4 - Jul 11

    Term 07
    Jul 11 - Jul 18

    Term 08
    Jul 18 - Jul 25

    Term 09
    Jul 25 - Aug 1

    Term 10
    Aug 1 - Aug 8

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