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‘Kids Making Waves… Paddling past Cancer’ set

By Staff | Aug 22, 2019

KIHEI – The Mana’olana Pink Paddlers outrigger canoe club, part of Maui Canoe Club, is hosting a paddle and beach keiki play day for families who have been touched by cancer on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Maui Canoe Club beach at 99 North Kihei Road.

This event is free to families who have been touched by cancer and includes a double-hull outrigger canoe paddle for kids and families, beach games, craft projects and a picnic lunch. Registration is required and space is limited.

This effort is an outreach to the community and in keeping with Mana’olana Pink Paddlers’ mission statement: “To cultivate hope, health, fitness and fun for cancer survivors by getting them up, out and about, and embracing the active Maui lifestyle. Utilizing traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoes, and a strong cadre of paddling supporters, we encourage physical exercise to build strength, confidence, and friendship.”

The paddling portion of the program is designed for children 8-12 years of age.

For younger children and those waiting for their turn to paddle, there will be games and activities on the beach, including boogie boarding, cornhole bean bag toss, making a sand sculpture, silly races and T-shirt making.

Accompanied by boat captains, club members and parents/guardians, children will learn how to paddle, search for honu, see beautiful coral beds and cool off with water blaster battles between canoes.

A picnic lunch will be provided by the Pink Paddlers for all.

Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and bring their own life jackets to paddle canoes.

To register, or for more information, e-mail Mana’olana Pink Paddlers at manaolanapinkpaddlers@gmail.com.