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. 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, Surf Skis, Foil SUP, and Prone Foil. Windsurfing and Wind Foil will join the Sailing Class. (*Note: Due to safety and permitting issues, we are unable to include any foil or sailing class in the event this year. This includes Foil SUP, Prone Foil, Wing Surfing, and Wind Foil. We hope to bring these disciplines back into Paddle Imua in future years.)

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Imua is a Hawaiian word meaning “to move forward,” and is referenced frequently in relation to water and paddling. Paddle Imua itself embodies the spirit of Imua, providing the funding and support to help move Camp Imua forward to better to serve its youth participants with special needs. Participants in the race will have the opportunity to meet the children they’re impacting through the ʻOhana Festival at the finish of the race. The children of Camp Imua are always excited for the opportunity to see the many water craft, and the valuable exposure to the numerous athletes and participants helps provide them with inspiration to live out their dreams.

To learn more about Imua Family Services, subscribe to our newsletter or contact us below for more information:

Address: 161 S. Wakea Avenue, Kahului, HI 96753
Telephone: (808) 244-7467
Fax: (808) 242-5835

For questions about Paddle Imua 2022 sponsorships, volunteering, becoming a vendor, or any other inquiries related to the event, please contact us at

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