On Saturday, Jan. 5, beginning at 8 a.m., 'Ao'ao O Na Loko I'a O Maui (Association of the Fishponds of Maui) and Valley Isle Road Runners will host the Fifth Annual Ko'ie'ie Fishpond 5K and Keiki Mile Fun Run. The community is invited to participate in this race and proceeds will benefit the restoration, education and outreach programs for Ko'ie'ie Fishpond in Kihei.
The course will begin at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary parking lot at 726 South Kihei Road and participants will head toward Ma'alaea on South Kihei Road. The course will turn around near the Lahaina/Kahului intersection and head back to the sanctuary's parking lot on a beautiful 1.5-mile beach run.
'Ao'ao O Na Loko I'a O Maui is the 501(c)(3) organization restoring the ancient Hawaiian cultural and archaeological site.
On Saturday, Jan. 5, at 8 a.m., ‘Ao‘ao O Na Loko I‘a O Maui (Association of the Fishponds of Maui) and Valley Isle Road Runners will host the Fifth Annual Ko‘ie‘ie Fishpond 5K and Keiki Mile Fun Run.
"It's wonderful to see this event happen for the fifth year in a row," said Joylynn Paman, executive director of 'Ao'ao O Na Loko I'a O Maui. "What began as a senior project for one of our interns, Kamaki Maluo, five years ago, has become a signature event for our nonprofit organization and it's fun to see the community gather for such a good cause."
To register for the event, go to www.mauifishpond.com. Registration is $7 for adults and $25 for youth under 18 years old. Keiki Mile participants (ages 1-12) are $15. There will be awards for different divisions and participants will receive an 'Ao'ao O Na Loko I'a O Maui T-shirt.
For more information about the race, contact Valley Isle Road Runner Coordinator Rudy Huber at (808) 280-5801.