Paddle Imua is an annual multiple-discipline paddle race in support of Camp Imua, a week-long recreational camp experience for children with special needs. Paddle Imua brings the ocean sports community together to celebrate the lives of these children by embracing our connection to the ocean.

This progressive ocean-community event is made possible by support from numerous athletes, volunteers, and the generosity of Maui businesses. Traditionally held on Maui’s legendary Maliko Downwind Run, Paddle Imua welcomes athletes who paddle Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUP), Outrigger Canoes (OC1, OC2 & OC6), Prone Paddleboards and Surf Skis. 2021 will see the return of the Foil SUP and Prone Foil. Windsurfing and Wind Foil will join the Sailing Class. For 2021, we are upping the ante with the Global Challenge. Join the event from anywhere in the world! Participate by hosting an event in your area or charting your own solo 10-mile course on July 16th, 17th, or 18th and join athletes from the 26 countries and 29 states in the US who paddled last year in support of children with special needs.

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Paddle Imua creates a physical embodiment of the Hawaiian word Imua (‘to move forward’) which comes from references to the water and paddling. Paddle Imua is literally meant to help move Camp Imua forward for many years to come, by providing ongoing funding to support their youth participants with special needs and to help continually expand and improve it. One of the unique aspects of this competition is that competitors are given the opportunity to interact with the children of Camp Imua at the finish of the race, giving the children valuable exposure to water sports and inspiration to live out their dreams.

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Address: 161 S. Wakea Avenue, Kahului, HI 96753
Telephone: (808) 244-7467
Fax:  (808) 242-4762

For questions about Paddle Imua 2021 sponsorships, volunteering, becoming a vendor, or any other inquiries related to the event, please contact us at

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