Maui’s Thanksgiving Week Paddle For Hunger
Help feed a family in need this holiday season. Get your paddle on and support the Maui Food Bank.
For several years now, we have gathered on Thanksgiving morning to celebrate the aloha in our paddling community and help Maui’s families in need. The county of Maui is still not issuing permits for large events so we will set the turn buoy so you can grab a small group of friends and run the course together Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7 a.m. to Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m.
Will you join us?
Grab a small group of friends and paddle the course Nov. 24 at 7 a.m. until Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. We will have the LARGE orange HPS turn buoy out there for you. Donate $25 or more to Maui Food Bank to get a 2021 event t-shirt and a chance to win dinner for two to the Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua. Come by Kihei Canoe Club between 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving day to drop off your food donations and pick up your t-shirt. (No t-shirt pick up is available outside this time, and delivery or shipping is not available.)
Post any pictures to Instagram or Facebook tagging @MauiFoodBank @HawaiianPaddleSports and use the hashtag #Paddle4Hunger2021 to get re-shared, or post them directly to the Paddle for Hunger 2021 Facebook event page.
We look forward to seeing your Paddle For Hunger posts!
Use the Donate link on this page to donate now to Maui Food Bank.
Donate $25 or more and receive a free Paddle For Hunger t-shirt (while supplies last).
Maui Food Bank is in need of: canned goods (including tuna, meats, fruits, vegetables, meals, and soups with protein), cereal, rice, and pasta. Items can be dropped in any Maui Food Bank collection bin around town or you can donate online.
The course runs from Kīhei Canoe Club to Kealia Pond River Mouth/Pavilion and back to Kīhei Canoe Club Pier. For the short course, turn early… anywhere, no shame.
If you can’t make it to the race course, choose your favorite location and take your photo from there!
Get outside with your outrigger canoes (OC 1-6), V1, surfskis, stand up paddle boards, prone paddle boards, surfboards… or anything else that floats.
Please remember the safety precautions listed below:
Mahalo to our 2019 sponsors.
We look forward to working with you again in 2022!
What we know today as “Paddle for Hunger” was originally an OC1 time trial for Malama Ula Canoe Club (Wailea Canoe Club) in 2000. Over the years, paddlers from other clubs joined in, including OC2’s and OC6’s. In 2002, Al Duarte suggested paddlers bring canned food that could be donated to Maui Food Bank and the Turkey Trot was formed. The event grew exponentially and in 2007, it officially became a fundraiser for Maui Food Bank. Since 2009 the event has brought in more than $10,300 in cash donations. In the years 2012-2014, it brought in 3,062 pounds of food.
Over the years, volunteers from Maui Paddling Hui (formerly known as Maui Canoe and Kayak Club) organized the race ensuring it would happen every year. Past organizers include: Peter Konohia, Don and Keri Meihling, Rob Phillips, Sharron and Ricky Balidoy, Tim Lara, and Tyson Kubo. Most years it was a “non-event” group of friends paddling together since there was no permit or insurance.
Since 2012, Hawaiian Paddle Sports has supported Paddle for Hunger as part of its monthly Malama Maui give back program, supporting Maui Food Bank as our chosen December nonprofit. In 2015, Hawaiian Paddle Sports stepped up to organize the event, securing water safety, permits, insurance, silent auction items, and door prizes. In the past five years (2016-2020), with the help of Maui’s generous community and paddling ohana, Hawaiian Paddle Sports raised more than $36,320 for Maui Food Bank, enough to provide 158,488 meals for needy families in Maui County.
To learn more about Hawaiian Paddle Sports’ mission, values, and community give back program, visit our About Us page.