Aug 09 2010

The Kumulokahi-Honolulu Elks Youth Paddling Program Car and Dogwash Fundraiser

Published by at 7:49 pm under Hawaii,Observations on People

The Adorable Welcome Crew!

The Adorable Welcome Crew!

The other weekend 40 parents, youth and volunteers gathered in the Honolulu Elks parking lot for a car-dog wash fundraiser to benefit the Kumulokahi-Honolulu Elks Youth Paddling Program. About 60 vehicles were tended to by the paddlers and even one cute little dog named Fluffy!

All monies raised from the car-dog wash are going towards the purchase of a 600lb pig that will be cooked and then sold October 23rd at the Honolulu Elks for $7.00 per pound. The income generated from the pig sale will be put towards a free recognition banquet in February for the paddlers in the program to celebrate their accomplishments.

The Kumulokahi-Honolulu Elks Paddlers Eager to Wash Cars, Vans, Trucks and Dogs!

The Kumulokahi-Honolulu Elks Paddlers Eager to Wash Cars, Vans, Trucks and Dogs!

The Honolulu Elks has been sponsoring a paddling program open to any youth between the ages of ten to eighteen on Oahu that has an interest in paddling. This co-ed program is one of the community services that the Honolulu Elks provide with volunteer coaches and well as the cost and upkeep of the canoes that the program uses. As any of us who have paddled in a canoe club know, the fees and costs can be expensive and the Kumulokahi-Elks program makes it possible for these children and young

Car Wash Service with a Smile!

Car Wash Service with a Smile!

adults to paddle and participate in Hui Va’a, Na O’pio and the Oahu Interscholastic Association of Paddling. They learn valuable water skills, increase their confidence and communication as they learn to work together in the canoe – abilities that will serve them throughout their lives.

I encourage all of you to share your water skills and reach out to a canoe club and help develop the next generation of paddlers. Now more than even, this vulnerable age groups needs

The Next Generation of Paddlers Needs Volunteers and Mentors

The Next Generation of Paddlers Needs Volunteers and Mentors

mentors to develop their leadership

and confidence. The Kumulokahi-Elks program is lucky to have many wonderful people volunteering their time, people like Auntie Sally and her husband Clarence Moses, Uncle Hiram, Ray and Deb Clarke, Julie McBane, Ron and Bonnie Perry and Wendee Wilson. Without their time and valuable support, the Kumulokahi-Elks Program would not be possible.

Many clubs are looking for volunteers and it is a terrific opportunity to refine your own paddling skills and technique

Brave Fluffy Got a Doggie Wash

Brave Fluffy Got a Doggie Wash

by teaching. In my experiences working with youth, I end up getting more out of it then I imagined. Contact a school, church group or other community program where you can open the world of paddling and the beautiful ocean to a young life. You will positively impact their lives forever and in the process learn from them. CLICK THIS PHOTO & VIDEO LINK to view the full gallery. (Photos and Video by Cara Mazzei)

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