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Third Annual ‘Paddle Imua Fun-draiser’ to Benefit Special Needs Camp

April 17, 2014
Maui Weekly

Imua Family Services and title sponsor BLUESMITHS Crafted Waterwear have announced the Third Annual Paddle Imua FUN-draiser on Saturday, May 3.

An ever-growing benefit for Camp Imua, Paddle Imua follows the renowned Maliko Downwind Run and concludes at the Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului.

The Paddle Imua "fun race" is open to men and woman of all ages in SUP, OC-1, Prone Paddleboard and men's Surf Ski. The also event includes a fun SUP relay featuring SIC Racing Airglide Series inflatable boards, which will take place at Hawaiian Canoe Club after the main race finishes.

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Proceeds of Paddle Imua continue to benefit Imua Family Services’ special-needs campers at Camp Maluhia in the West Maui Mountains.
Photo: Sean Hower

Registration and check-in will begin at 10 a.m. at Maliko Gulch, and the race will begin promptly at 1 p.m. While the paddlers are out on the water, there will be water and land activities for the special needs kamali'i of Camp Imua between noon and 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului Harbor.

The public can enjoy food available for purchase at 3 p.m., with the awards presentation to follow at 4:30 p.m. Trophies will be given to the top three finishers in each division. The race fee is $50 before May 1 at midnight, and $70 for final registration on Saturday, May 3 (race day). The first 150 race registrants will receive a Paddle Imua "swag bag." Food and refreshments will be provided by Maui Brewing Company and Nuka Maui.

Proceeds from Paddle Imua continue to benefit Imua Family Services' Camp Imua, a 37-year-old tradition that takes place in June at Camp Maluhia in the West Maui Mountains. For one week, over 50 special-needs campers and more than 250 volunteers come together for a week of crafts, games, swimming, horseback riding, helicopter rides, camp fire and community. Camp Imua 2014 is scheduled for June 15 to 19.

To register or for specific race and division information, visit

For race logistics, contact Maile John at Imua Family Services at or 244-7467.



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