Paddling in unison

WAILUA — Pu’uwai Canoe Club is forming a cancer survivors group that will meet for the first time at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Wailua River in Kapaa.

Their mission is to cultivate hope, health, fitness and fun for cancer survivors and supporters. Participants will use traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoes to encourage physical exercise and build confidence and friendships.

“We prove, by example, that exercise can make a difference and demonstrate that persons living with and recovering from this disease can lead full and active lives,” said a press release.

Brian Curll, president of Hui O Mana Ka Pu’uwai Outrigger Canoe Club, said they believe they can make a difference for cancer survivors.

“Reaching out to the larger community who may have lived with this struggle also could create a pool of supportive volunteers,” he said.

Membership is open to cancer survivors, supporters and their friends.

Pu’uwai Canoe club is located at the mouth of the Wailua River. From Kuhio Highway on Kuamoo Road, turn left onto Wailua Road, which is directly across from the old Cocoa Palms Hotel parking lot. Park in the large parking area across from Smith’s Ticket Office on the corner and walk straight down to the Wailua River.

Info: 635-6311

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