Paddle Imua brings action, fun and a helping hand for children with special needs!

paddleimua logoJoin us today for a day of racing and fun at Paddle Imua presented by Bluesmiths.

You will be able to see the action from our cams starting around 1.30pm.

The race is open to paddle disciplines in: Stand-up Paddle, OC1 and Paddleboard.

Open to men and women of all ages.

Race Schedule:
10:00 a.m. – Check-in begins at Maliko Gulch. All racers will be required to complete and sign a race waiver at check-in if they have not done so already.

12:15 a.m. – Mandatory safety briefing and race blessing for all competitors.
1:00 p.m. – First race starts. (staggered water starts in Maliko Gulch)
4:30 pm. = Race awards and prize-draw .

Ohana Festival Schedule and Events:

12:00 p.m. – Keiki Fun begins. Keiki activities provided by Pacific Whale Foundation
2:15 p.m. – First racers expected across the line.
3:00 p.m. – Food provided by Sansei Seafood restaurant and Sushi Bar, Beer Garden sponsored by Maui Brewing Company and live music starts. Food will also be available for purchase by spectators for $10 on the day.
1:00-4:00 p.m. – Silent Auction and lucky number draw, come and bid on some incredible items and help us raise more money for Camp Imua!
4:00 p.m.- The First Annual Imua Dash Fun SUP Relay directly after the main Paddle Imua Race! Sign ups available on or at Hawaiian Canoe Club on Race Day!

See you there!

Camp Imua, a program of Imua Family Services, brings the community and children with special needs together for a free weeklong, overnight recreational camp each summer. The Camp gives school-age children with “special abilities” opportunities to try new activities and connect with others. It gives volunteers opportunities to connect with the children and to give back to the community. Camp Imua also gives the children’s caregivers much needed time off. Fifty children attend and at least 150 community volunteers and numerous businesses from restaurants, helicopter companies, and live bands make Camp Imua memorable and fun for all. Camp Imua 2013 is scheduled for June 7-14.

Paddle Imua, a Benefit held on May 4, 2013 specifically for Camp Imua, is an exciting annual fund raising event that celebrates the lives of special needs children by embracing our connection to the ocean, which defines our sense of place, “Hawaii’i nei”.

Made possible with title Sponsorship from Bluesmiths Crafted Waterwear, Hawaiian Canoe Club, and support from various athletes, and Maui business, Paddle Imua is a stand up paddle and OC1 discipline, fun, open ocean race. The race spans nearly ten miles of Maui’s beautiful North Shore from Maliko Gulch and finishes at Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului, Harbor. Paddle Imua is the premier kick off race and party to Maui’s long distance SUP season. After the race an Ohana Celebration takes place at Hawaiian Canoe Club. Live music, keiki activites, silent auction and a beer garden sponsored by Maui Brewing Company, make the day festive and memorable.

Paddle Imua’s vision is to transform Camp Imua’s 37 historic years here on Maui and create a physical embodiment of the Hawaiian word Imua (‘to move forward’), since the word comes from the water and paddling “Paddle Imua” is meant to help move Camp Imua forward for many years to come. One of the unique aspects of this water competition on Maui is that the competitors will also be given the opportunity to mix and mingle with the special needs children of Camp Imua at the finish of the race and give the kids some water sports exposure and inspiration to live out their dreams.

Proceeds from Paddle Imua directly benefit Camp Imua and cover the cost of nutritious meals, campground rental, transportation, medical supplies and the many activities enjoyed at Camp! Camp Imua is a program of Imua Family Services.

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