Maui Paddle for a Cure 2015

Oh, hello, November!!! October blew by with a wonderful trip to the mainland, celebrating Maui Women Live Out Loud’s one year anniversary, and kicking-off the month with a fun event to support an important cause: Maui Paddle for a Cure.

Maui Paddle for a Cure by Jennifer Poppy

The 2nd Annual Maui Paddle for a Cure was a success before the day even started! The goal of the event was to raise $15,000 and they well-exceeded that goal by raising nearly $36,000! All of the donations and registration fees went directly to support Susan G. Komen Hawaii in their efforts for breast cancer education, awareness, prevention and treatment programs for women and men in the Hawaiian Islands, according to their website.Talk about making an amazing difference for a great cause!

I was invited by Ka’anapali Surf Club to join them for the day. They were one of the Donor Sponsors for the event, renting out boards, amongst other things, with all profits going toward the non-profit. They also sold these adorable pink hats throughout the month of October.

Maui Paddle for a Cure by Jennifer Poppy

Being part of a community like Maui is such a gift: one where they know how to combine fun and generosity! Companies like Ka’anapli Beach Surf Club, as well as the other sponsors, including Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, The Butterfly Effect and Maui Jim, are part of the reason Maui is such a special place to live.

Maui Paddle for a Cure by Jennifer Poppy

We started off the morning with the sacred tradition of a Hawaiian prayer and blessing. Hundreds gathered to soak in this moment and dedicate their time on the water through prayer.

Maui Paddle for a Cure by Jennifer Poppy

Maui Paddle for a Cure by Jennifer Poppy

After prayer, everyone grabbed their stand up paddle boards, outrigger canoes and kayaks then headed out to the windy seas. Beginners were given a brief lesson before paddling, so everyone was included.

Maui Paddle for a Cure by Jennifer Poppy

Maui Paddle for a Cure by Jennifer Poppy

It was such a beautiful day, despite the wind. Everyone that I met who participated in the non-competitve race had a story: they were paddling in honor of their co-worker fighting breast cancer; they were paddling in memory of their mother; they were paddling for a dear friend in the same battle. It was beautiful to hear their “why” and to watch them dedicate their morning to making a difference!

After the paddle, we all gathered to celebrate the good that comes from joining together as a community, and we enjoyed fun music from Anuhea, who happens to be a Maui girl, born and raised.

Maui Paddle for a Cure by Jennifer Poppy

Maui Paddle for a Cure by Jennifer Poppy

Mahalo Ka’anapali Surf Club for including me on this special morning!

Maui Paddle for a Cure by Jennifer Poppy

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer Poppy

*All photos by me, Jennifer Poppy, of Island Gypsy Hawaii. Please link to my site for any photo usage. Mahalo!

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