HCC & Imua Family Services partners to host Paddle Imua

03.19.2013 0

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In late 2011 a unique partnership was forged between Hawaiian Canoe Club executive director Kaimana Brummel and Imua Family Services executive director Dean Wong.  The goal was to connect Imua’s mission of provding keiki theraputic services to the broad the ocean-loving Maui community.   What has emerged is Paddle Imua.

Proceeds from Paddle Imua will benefit Imua Family Services’ Camp Imua, an annual program that takes place in June at Camp Maluhia in the West Maui Mountains. For one week, 50 special needs campers and more than 100 volunteers come together for a week of crafts, games, swimming, helicopter rides and general fun, while making new friends and catching up with old.

More than just a SUP/OC1 race, Paddle Imua is a community event that brings people together to the north shore of Maui for a day of ocean enjoyment and celebration. Under the leadership of Camp Imua Director Maile John, Paddle Imua has attracted the best businesses, restaurants, and sponsors to create an unforgettable experienced for racers, their families, and most importantly the Camp Imua campers.

“One of the unique aspects of this water competition on Maui is that the competitors will be given the opportunity to mix and mingle with our special needs children of Camp Imua at the finish of the race and give the kids some water sports exposure and opportunity,” explains Wong.

Now in its second year, Paddle Imua has grown to also include ‘Ike Imua / ‘Ike Moana, a special day for the Camp Imua campers to access the ocean with some one Maui’s best water men and women.  Check out the video below of this awesome event hosted at Hawaiian Canoe Club.  And please join HCC at Paddle Imua on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

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