MAHALO — For help with Mokihana Aquatics

Each year, Mokihana Aquatics raises the bar of excellence for providing a true community program. It is “Kaua‘i’s Best,” plain and simple.

Each year our swimmers, their families, our volunteer officials, the Kaua‘i community at large and, most importantly, our professional and outstanding staff or trainers, massage therapists, coaches and board members, help to make it a reality. Being Kaua‘i’s best does not just happen, and 2005 proves that. I do not have enough space to list everyone that has supported our “Legendary program,” but you know who you are.

From Gov. Linda Lingle’s personal support of our “Learn to Swim” program, to the 5-year-old swimmer from Maui who glowed with excitement when he said that this is “the most fun I had in my life!” after winning a big blue ribbon and gotten his face painted by a clown at our annual Fun Meet in August.

It is you, Kaua‘i that makes Mokihana Aquatics a Kaua‘i institution. Thank you, thank you, thank you Kaua‘i! We are so impressed by the dedication of the swimmers of the North and Westside of the island who summer after summer car pool and find any way you can to get to Lihu‘e for our program. For years, grandmas and grandpas have been flying the grandkids to Kaua‘i for summer Learn to Swim with Mokihana Aquatics.

Last year a grandpa flew his grandson to Kaua‘i from the Mainland (California) for seven weeks to be involved in “the best swimming program I have seen in my life.” Again, it is you, Kaua‘i, that makes this happen. Your support is tremendous. Mahalo plenty. A special mahalo to the following: Associate Head Coach Winston Kawamoto, you are truly the backbone of Mokihana Aquatics; Jodi Fukushima and Meaghan Sims, you are what makes Learn to Swim “legendary.”

Also, June Sims. Any organization that has a parent like her would be blessed. Thank you for blessing us. You are the best! Also, to each and every swimmer and their families, mahalo plenty. Mokihana Aquatics. “Kaua‘i’s Best.” With my deepest respect and aloha.

Orlando S. Anaya Head Coach and Chief Executive Officer aka “Coach O,” “Uncle O.” “Mr. O”

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