Camp Imua kicks off Sunday

The Maui News – Camp Imua, a weeklong recreational camp for children with disabilities and special needs, kicks off Sunday with a special environmentally friendly focus, Imua Family Services announced Monday.

Sixty campers and 175 caregivers are expected to participate in the 41st annual Camp Imua, which will take place Sunday through June 15 at Camp Maluhia. Geared toward children ages 6 to 16, the camp offers a range of activities, including horseback riding, swimming, surfing, hiking, zip-lining, a glow party and a talent show.

This year, the camp plans to partner with the Maui Huliau Foundation to create a zero-waste event and raise awareness of sustainability among camp participants. Camp Imua will provide proper disposal containers for sorting trash, composting and recyclables, in addition to relying on reusable utensils, certified compostable or recyclable containers and paper products. Campers, caregivers and volunteers will learn about waste reduction goals, ways to properly dispose items and the importance of caring for the environment.

The camp’s green initiative comes on the heels of a successful environmentally friendly Paddle Imua race, an annual fundraising event for Camp Imua. This year, 85 percent of event waste was diverted from the landfill.

Caregivers and volunteers for Camp Imua must check in at 9 a.m. Saturday. Campers check in at 2 p.m. Sunday. Pickup for campers is at 4:30 p.m. June 15, and families are invited to stay for the luau and ceremony. Registration for this year’s camp is full, but families can register for the waiting list.

For more information, visit imuafamilyservices.org/camp-imua/, call 244-7467 or email campimua@imuafamilyservices.org.

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