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Brave souls bear bitter cold temperatures at Restaurant Row

The "Polar Plunge" at Restaurant Row, Oahu The "Polar Plunge" at Restaurant Row, Oahu
Sgt. Dave Seper Sgt. Dave Seper

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dozens of people took part in the annual "Polar Plunge" at Restaurant Row Sunday, jumping into a pool filled with 10 tons of ice, all to help raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Hawaii athletes.

When these fundraisers happen in the northeast and midwest, they don't need any help from man-made ice; volunteers just swim in waters that are naturally ice cold at this time of year.

Police sergeant Dave Seper, on vacation here from Boulder, Colorado was among those who took the plunge.

"The difference between polar plunging in Colorado and here is that in Colorado, when you get out of the water, you are in Colorado still, and when you get out of the polar plunge here in Hawaii, you're in Hawaii and it's 70-80 degrees. That's the big difference and we love it", said Seper.

Last year's "Polar Plunge" in Honolulu raised more than $40,000 for local special olympics athletes.

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