Best Buddies on Maui Paddle Canoes!
On Saturday, April 18, former Best Buddies Hawaii Program Manager Angie Wideman and the Kihei Canoe Club (Maui) invited & hosted over 76 students and teachers from all five Maui High School and Lokelani Intermediate School Best Buddies Hawaii (BBHI) Chapters to come out to paddle and have a free potluck & hot dog lunch on the beach (in Kihei).
This was the first time most of the Buddies (students with intellectual and/or development disabilities) had ever been in a canoe, and many had never even been out on the ocean before! In each canoe the Buddies were accompanied by their Peer Buddies (students without disabilities) and members of the Kihei Canoe Club, who volunteered their time, energy and aloha, steering the canoes and making sure all the students were safe and properly trained in the sport of paddling. Double-hull canoes were specially rigged to insure safety for all the Best Buddies.
Kihei Canoe Club has been an innovator in offering ‘adaptive paddling’ to other youth and adults on Maui with disabilities, as well…
Big Mahalos to Angie and Kihei Canoe Club for making this a wonderfully memorable day for our students and all who participated!