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Oahu Visually Impaired Enjoy a Cool Canoe Ride

Landa Phelan Landa Phelan

By Diane Ako

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - The heat of the sun, the coolness of the water, the thrill of gliding over the ocean. These canoes from the Anuenue Canoe Club treated some visually impaired and blind people to a sensory treat Friday! Volunteer paddlers took these guests for a ride around the waters off Waikiki. The passengers are from the Hawaii association for the blind and the American Consul of the Blind.

Landa Phelan, whose wet macular degeneration means she now only has peripheral vision, pets her black Labrador guide dog and smiles with gratitude. "We get to experience different things! They take us camping and hiking. We couldn't do that if we didn't have someone to help us."

The outings are organized by the Rotary Sunrise of Hawaii.  The Hawaii Association for the Blind is holding its 40th annual convention on Saturday.

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