Ever see the “pinks” at Sugar Beach in Kihei in the morning? They show up every Tuesday and Thursday morning at that beach to paddle. Officially known as the Mana‘olana Pink Paddlers, they’re a nonprofit outrigger canoe organization that helps cancer survivors reclaim their lives by regaining their strength. With experienced instruction and encouraging support, membership in the club is open to all Maui cancer survivors and visitors. The first paddle is free, and an annual membership is available for $125.
Mana‘olana Pink Paddlers is a sister organization of Maui Canoe Club and started in 2006 with the help of the Abreast-in-a-Boat program in Canada. With the tagline “Challenging cancer, Creating community, Promoting hope,” they use traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoes to create a mix of fitness and fun while building confidence and friendship.
On Oct. 5-6, Mana‘olana Pink Paddlers will partner with Pacific Cancer Foundation’s fifth Annual Paddle for Life on a voyage from Maui to Lanai with a crew largely consisting of cancer survivors and current cancer patients. In addition to raising funds for cancer treatment programs, the trip is intended to inspire others by showing the amazing potential for life after cancer.