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OluKai Three-Mile Practice Fun Paddle on April 26

April 6, 2015, 9:08 AM HST
* Updated April 6, 10:52 PM
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paddle olukai hoolaulea 2105By Maui Now Staff

OluKai Archie Kalepa and Suzie Cooney will host a free, Three-Mile Fun Paddle on Sunday, April 26, in preparation for the 7th Annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa in May. The three-mile paddle from Pāʻia to Kanaha begins at 9 a.m.

“It’s that time of year again to get your stand up paddle board, OC1/2, canoe, kayak or anything you can humanly paddle,” said event organizer Suzie Cooney. “Build your ocean confidence and prepare at our fun paddle. And if you’ve ever dreamed of doing your first downwind paddle with a hundred other first timers–come out and join us! All ages and all levels of paddlers are welcome!”

Paddlers must provide their own equipment.

The paddle will begin at 28 Hāna Highway at the Pāʻia Youth and Cultural Center. Paddlers should arrive at 8 a.m. for the course and safety overview with Archie Kalepa. The group start will begin at 9 a.m. The paddle will end at the Kanaha Beach Park Lifeguard Tower.


Organizers suggest that paddlers carpool and pre-arrange transportation after the paddle to retrieve vehicles from the center.


The 7th Annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa Maliko Downwind Race will be held from May 1 to 3.

Register for the 7th Annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa before Saturday, April 18, to receive the premium race package including complimentary OluKai slippers.

Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui. Courtesy photo.


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