The Stand Up Paddle Association of Molokai (SUPAM) would like to extend a huge Mahalo to all those that help make the race on Sunday, July 14 a huge success with the M4M (Molokai-4-Molokai).
This last minute event helped keep paddlers overnight that participated in the Maui to Molokai SUP race, helping to contribute to the Molokai economy. Two-thirds of the racers came from all over the world, from as far as France, South Africa, Australia. Mahalo to the local Molokai paddlers who came out and raced!
Mahalo to Molokai Canoe Club and Liko Wallace for the lunch on Saturday. Mahalo to Jesseca Kalawe Oswald and Tanya Mendija who volunteered their hours to make this event happen. Mahalo to Mike Holmes — without his commitment we would not have made the permit deadline. Thank you to Maria Homes from Coffees of Hawaii, Yve Kuefner from Dakine, Gail Glushenko from Mokulele, Todd Bradley from C4, Kim Ball from Hi Tech Maui, Kim Svetin from Kamo’i Snack and Go, Lynette Corpuz from Sundown Deli, and Cameron Hiro from Hawaii Kai Salts. Big thanks to Keoho Au and Julie Bicoy from the Molokai Visitors Association for printing the flyers and for Lyndon Dela Cruz for coming up with designs for the rash guards.
And the part that put the icing on the cake was the depth of aloha that Na Kupuna gave us with their warmth of aloha that dazzled and embraced our island visitors. Big thank you to Lono, Auntie Hattie, Aunty Vannie, Aunty Kaipo, Uncle Al, Uncle Willie and Uncle Billy for being there for us. You made the day of our event!
Finally a big thank you to Michael Drew and his staff, Pau Aki, Jaymi Yap, and Pua Aki, not to mention Zachary Sullivan and Robert LaCaze from the corporate office who last minute threw in a local-style barbecue for everyone there.
Thank you again for all your help and support as it is so much appreciated from us here at the Stand Up Paddle Association of Molokai and Youth in Motion.
Clare Mawae and Dayna Harris