Paddle event will benefit special-needs children

The Paddle Imua fun race Saturday benefiting Imua Family Services’ Camp Imua will start at the Maliko Downwind Run and end at the Hawaiian Canoe Club hale in Kahului.

The event celebrates the lives of special needs children.

This year, the Paddle Imua benefit will also launch the Imua Relay after the main race finishes.

Proceeds of Paddle Imua will benefit Imua Family Services’ Camp Imua, an annual program that takes place in June at Camp Maluhia in the West Maui Mountains. For one week, 50 special-needs campers and more than 200 volunteers come together for a week of crafts, games, swimming, helicopter rides and general fun. Camp Imua 2013 is scheduled for June 7-14.

The race fee is $50 before Thursday and $70 for final registration on race day. The first 150 race registrants will receive Paddle Imua “swag bags.” Food and refreshments will be provided by Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar, and Maui Brewing Co.

Registration and check-in will begin at 10 a.m. at Maliko Gulch. The race will begin at 1 p.m. While the paddlers are out on the water, there will be water and land activities for the special-needs children of Camp Imua between noon and 3 p.m.; food, music and live entertainment beginning at 3 p.m.; and an awards presentation at 4:30 p.m. “I am overwhelmed by the positive support from the ocean athletic community we have been receiving for Paddle Imua and Camp Imua,” said Camp Imua Coordinator Maile John.

For more information about Imua Family Services, visit the Imua Family Services website at or call 244-7467.