My first annual Maui Paddle for the Cure was a lot of fun. It was held at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.
My friend, Tina, and I signed up & paddled together. Since this was my first year doing this event, and I just starting paddle boarding this year, we decided to take the intro class. I’m glad that they offer such a thing for this event, but if you’ve already been paddle boarding at all, you probably don’t need to take it. No worries if you’re on the fence, it only lasts a few minutes. If you are new to paddle boarding or unsure about the ocean, I would recommend it.
After the quick little intro class, my friend and I headed out. We ended up paddling alongside a visitor to the island and made a new friend in the middle of the ocean. When coming into shore after the paddle, all the paddlers that came in before you start to make a paddle tunnel for you to run to as you exit the water. That was a lot of fun.
Once everyone has finished the paddle and been accounted for (yes they want to be safe and each paddler gets an ocean tracker), there is a lunch served and after party at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. The food was good, the music was entertaining although a bit loud for a relaxed event. There were also vendors with products and a silent auction to help benefit the cause.
All-in-all I really enjoyed the morning and we will be doing it again. Next year we will have a larger group and try even harder to get more people to join, have a little fun, and help out a great cause at the same time. Thank you to all the participants this year and we hope to see you all again.