By Chantelle Aguilar
HNN Digital Intern
KAANAPALI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hyatt Regency Maui will begin breast cancer awareness month with its 3rd Annual Maui Paddle for a Cure this Saturday to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation Hawaii.
"Exceeding last year's goal was a wonderful victory, and we're excited to bring our guests and community together again to increase awareness for breast cancer and raise funds for this important cause," said Allan Farwell, general manager at Hyatt Regency Maui.
One hundred percent of proceeds are donated to the foundation, and last year they raised over $36,000. This year they are hoping to raise $50,000 through donations and registration fees.
The event will feature stand-up paddle board, kayak, and canoe paddling races along Kaanapali Beach and will begin at Hanakaoo Beach Park (Canoe Beach).
Three events will take place:
- Beginner- Basic paddling lessons led by The Butterfly Effect (a philanthropic organization empowering athletic women) and will end with an optional half mile paddle. This event is limited to 20 participants.
- Intermediate- 2 mile paddle from Canoe Beach to Black Rock and back
- Advanced: 4-mile course from Canoe Beach to Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort and back for experienced paddlers and canoe paddlers/
An exclusive after party, silent auction and performance by Anuhea will follow at the Sunset Terrace located on the resort
Participation in the paddle event costs $60 per person (includes rash guard, goodie bag, and admission to after party with food and drink); or $85 per person with the rental of a SUP board. After party only tickets are $25 per person at the door. Prices will increase after Sept. 25. In addition, Kaanapali Surf Club will provide stand up paddle boards the day of the event, which can be reserved during registration.
The top fundraising individual will win a two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Maui ocean suite; top fundraising team $500 to Japengo. Both the individual and members of the team will be invited to an exclusive VIP Reception with Anuhea on Sept. 30.
On Thursday, Sept. 29, representatives from The Butterfly Effect will demonstrate stand-up paddle boarding lessons in the half acre pool located on the resort. Guests are also invited to participate in a special penguin rubber ducky race. Proceeds of penguin duck sales will also benefit Susan G. Komen Hawaii.
Hyatt's "pink" offerings for the month of October will benefit Susan G. Komen Hawaii and includes:
- Japengo restaurant will donate $1 for every Sashimi Style Hamachi & Watermelon,Rising Sun Roll, and bottle of Hogwash Rosé sold
- Poolside ‘Umalu restaurant will donate $1 for every Strawberry Lemonade and Dragonfruit Matcha Cheesecake
- Select pink items will be available at the Pool Desk for purchase, with a percentage of proceeds from each purchase
- Throughout the month of October, the resort will feature pink Susan G. Komen Promise bracelets for guests to purchase