WAILUA — Duckies for the Rubber Duckie Race on Oct. 11 are available at the Hoomana Thrift Shop in Wailua adjacent to the Kaumualii Park on the banks of the Wailua River.
“We had a rubber duckie race in 2011,” said Anela Pa, Hoomana co-director. “This year is our 11th anniversary so we’re celebrating on Oct. 11 with another rubber duckie race.”
The race will take place from 10 a.m. to noon under the Wailua Bridge.
Rubber duckies are available for a donation in three categories — $5, $10, or $20 — with proceeds benefiting the Hoomana Thrift Store program. Duckies are available at the thrift shop, which is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Additionally, the Hoomana Thrift Store will be converted into a festive area with hot dogs, snacks and drinks in a special outdoor stand.
“Everything inside the store will be a dollar,” Pa said. “There will be specially priced items in the outdoor area, and we invite everyone to come down, get a duck, support a duck, or just enjoy the day.”
Hoomana Thrift Store is used as a training site to gain job skills and life skills, Pa said.
The program’s main focus is young adults with special needs, but Hoomana Thrift Store also has partnerships with agencies such as WorkWise and the Department of Human Services.
“I have been out of work for so long, I’m here to gain skills to get back into the workforce,” said Nicole Thronas, a single parent. “My goal is to eventually return to school to become a registered nurse, but for now, I need to care for my children. I love coming here.”