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Non-profit organization: Hawaiian Canoe Club

History: Outrigger canoe racing is an important part of the Hawaiian culture with the entire canoe carved from a single log of koa, a native tree. Canoe racing is a team sport helping our youth develop leadership skills and enhances the importance of values such as teamwork, dedication, and respect for our nature and culture.

Specific program funding: Kamali‘i (Youth) Summer Enrichment Program. The Kamali’i Program teaches Maui’s youth, ages 10-13, cultural protocols such as oli (chant) and ho‘okupu (ceremonial offering) which are unique for each area of the islands through classroom instruction, hand-on activities, group activities, excursions, games, song, and hula.

The Kamali’i Program is funded by grants from the County of Maui, Saltchuk Resources, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, private foundations, Hawaiian Canoe Club fundraising activities, and people like you.