From the time I was a young girl, I have dreamed of making a big impact on the world. I wanted my influence to help make people happier and also inspire them to help others and make the world a better place. In 2009, I designed a show called The Brave Mermaid, which has been running weekly ever since. The show is highly interactive; I tell the story of The Brave Mermaid through the book I wrote with the same title. Through the book and the show, I am able to get children to interact, learn, and explore their thoughts and emotions. Without them even realizing it, they have learned new skills and tools for building their self-confidence and started thinking about how they can become braver in the future.
Through the show we talk about several issues children may be dealing with. We talk about feeling disappointed, mad or lonely and how to overcome those feeling. We discuss using the right words and communicating clearly, instead of whining about issues and not taking action. I emphasize the importance of choosing happiness and positivity over focusing on the negative and teaching that hard work and practice will help us to achieve our goals in life. I believe we all have talent, we just need to discover what that talent is so we can use it to have a positive impact on the world around us.
The Brave Mermaid show is very fun! Everything is make-believe and the children really emerge from their shells to partake in all the excitement. Even the shyest children tend to find the courage to speak up and let their voices be heard. Many funny moments are experienced at my show thanks to the unpredictability of children! Parents and other family members watching from around the pool often find themselves laughing and thoroughly enjoying the show as well. Of course, people of all ages are mesmerized by the sight of a mermaid swimming through the water, her hair and colorful tail flowing under the surface.
My goal with the show is to have people leave with a lasting impression on their hearts. That the show is more than just entertainment but something families will look back on for years and bring them joy. I have had the privilege of performing for audiences as large as two thousand people! My goal is to become a motivational role-model to as many children as possible. Inspiring them through live shows and my children’s books.
Kariel’s Mermaid Academy
Take an inspirational adventure into an underwater world of wonder, whimsy and all things mer with Mermaid Kariel and Kariel’s Mermaid Academy at Turtle Bay Resort. Mermaid Kariel’s lighthearted and fun theatrical performance will capture the hearts and imagination of aspiring young mermaids through exciting activities that transform little legs into full-fledged mermaid tails. Join Mermaid Kariel poolside at her life-size clam shell throne, share tall tales of oceanic adventure, and learn to move and swim in a one-of-a-kind mermaid skin designed by Kariel. Keiki will build confidence, self-esteem, and lifelong memories as they learn to swim like a mermaid and safely enter and exit the pool in their fanciful tails.
From the mermaid scoot to the Hawaiian rainbow to the mermaid hula, keiki will laugh a lot, splash a lot, make new friends and journey to their happiest place with Mermaid Kariel at Kariel’s Mermaid Academy.
How to Prepare before class
Before the Academy gets underway, register with the Turtle Bay Resort concierge where you’ll be given a Mermaid Academy wristband. Once you accessorize, head over to the Watershed Boutique and pick up your very own Dream Fin. Journey to the pool and find Mermaid Kariel’s giant Clam Shell. Have your swimsuit on, fin in hand, sunscreen applied and goggles ready. Check in with Mermaid Kariel by showing her your wristband and fin.
Mermaid Kariel’s first class is set on the side of the pool deck. Mer-kids will learn how to put on their fin and Mermaid Tail Skin and move in the full tail suit safely. Once students are comfortable on land, the class moves to the shallow pool steps to learn how to maneuver, turn, and enter and exit the pool safely in the tail. Gradually, Mer-kids will develop the confidence to swim deeper until they are safely able to swim the mermaid way, even playing mermaid water games to strengthen confidence and agility. After the underwater adventure, Mer-kids graduate with a hand shake from Mermaid Kariel and a Graduation Certificate.
Welcoming keiki ages 4–12 (keiki ages 4–5 must be accompanied by a parent in the water)
Every Thursday from 12:30pm – 1:15pm
Turtle Bay’s Main Resort Pool/Keiki Pool (maximum depth 4 feet)
$150 cost includes a mermaid Fin.
Mermaid Certificate, E-access for exclusive virtual content, and a discount at Turtle Bay shops and restaurants and Mermaid Kariel’s online store.
Non-resort guests can enjoy the main and kids pool all day on the day of the registered class. This one-day pool access is only available to the registered student + one adult.