As a child, Kenai formed a friendship with a girl from another tribe named Nita. The two often played together. One day, Nita fell through a frozen lake, and Kenai dove in after her, saving her life. While helping her recover at Hokani Falls, Kenai gave Nita an amulet. Unbeknownst to the two, the amulet bonded them in the eyes of the Great Spirits. Later, Kenai and Nita returned to burn the amulet at Hokani Falls, thus severing their bond.