Pink Paddlers elect new board

Mana’olana Pink Paddlers, Maui’s only nonprofit outrigger paddling organization focused on helping cancer survivors and caregivers regain life and strength after cancer, has installed new board officers for the 2013-14 term of office.

In making the announcement, newly elected Board President Mary Dungans said “With the strong support of our members, Maui Canoe Club and a dedicated board of directors, Mana’olana, known locally as the Pink Paddlers, continues our mission to cultivate hope, health, fitness and fun for cancer survivors, caregivers and supporters, utilizing traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoes to encourage physical exercise, build confidence and friendship.”

Mana’olana was started in 2006 by members of Maui Canoe Club and the Abreast-in-a-Boat program in Canada. Canoes are open to all cancer survivors and caregivers.

Mana’olana has acquired two pink canoes through donations and is working toward a double-hull canoe to support membership of over 40 and growing.

The officers installed Feb. 23 were Dungans, president; Jeannie Kaiser, vice president; Jean Tyson, treasurer; Diane Conklin, secretary; Diantha Mackwell; Florida Town; and Carol McCauley. Five of the board members are cancer survivors.

For further information on Mana’olana Pink Paddlers visit their website at