HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Everyone has a reason "why" they should participate in the Oahu Heart Walk and support the American Heart Association's mission. That's the message that 2016 Oahu Heart Walk Chair Gerry Majkut wants to share in encouraging the community to register for the event.
"The Heart Walk provides a greater understanding for our employees for what the American Heart Association does, what it represents, what it contributes to the community," said Majkut, president of Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc. "And by encouraging them to participate, it gives them an opportunity to participate as a team in a fun, health activity that supports this great cause. One out of every three families in Hawaii will have a family member affected by heart disease or stroke, so each of us is likely to be affected at some point. My family is why I've committed to making this year's Heart Walk a success. The American Heart Association's work that we are supporting will eventually come back to help my family, or one of our employee's families."
More than 5,000 Oahu residents are expected to participate in the Oahu Heart Walk on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Kapiolani Park. The event is designed to bring families and friends together to learn, share and practice lifestyle habits that will lead to healthier, longer lives free of heart disease and stroke. Participants are encouraged to raise money to support the Association's work to end heart disease and stroke, and improve Hawaii resident's health.
On-site registration event festivities begin at 6:30 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 7:30 a.m. The non-competitive walk features course options of a family-friendly 4.5 mile around Diamond Head or a one mile option around Kapiolani Park. A post-walk celebration at the Park will offer opportunities for free health screenings, health education tables, a chance to learn "hands-only" CPR, and a keiki fun tent. Live entertainment and healthy snacks will also be offered.
Register to participate online at www.oahuheartwalk.org, or call 377-6638 for information. The event is free, but a variety of prizes are available based on levels of donations raised. All donations support the American Heart Association's efforts to improve health in Hawaii.
To accommodate the large number of walkers anticipated, there will be several lane closures and re-routings of the city bus along the route. Beginning at 5:30 a.m. and until 11 a.m. lanes on the Diamond Head Crater side of Monsarrat Ave. and Diamond Head Rd. will be closed. TheBus will detour beginning at 6:30 a.m. off Monsarrat Ave. and Diamond Head Rd. from Campbell Ave., right onto Hayden St., right on Alohea Ave., and left onto Makapuu Ave. For more information, on bus re-routes go to www.thebus.org, or call 848-5555. In addition, the Waikiki Shell parking lot #2 will be closed on Aug. 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Aug. 13 from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Waikiki Shell parking lot #1 will be closed on Aug. 13 from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. Parking restrictions will also occur on Aug. 13 from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the Diamond Head Crater sides of Monsarrat Ave. and Diamond Head Rd., and on sections of Hayden St. and Alohea Ave.