KAIWI COAST RUN & WALK - November 15-30, 2021

By participating in the Kaiwi Coast Run & Walk you are supporting local programs within the Maunalua (Hawaii Kai) community.


Livable Hawaii Kai Hui

Livable Hawaii Kai Hui

Livable Hawaii Kai Hui is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, nonpartisan community organization serving East Honolulu, established in 2004. Their mission is to uphold the integrity of the East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan which sets guidelines for sensible development respectful of Hawaiian cultural and natural resources that make East Honolulu a unique place to live. Protection of land through stewardship or acquisition and community education and engagement.

Each year Kaiwi Coast Run & Walk donates to Livable Hawaii Kai Hui. In the past, the donation was designated to go directly to help purchase the Ka Iwi Mauka Lands.  Now each years’ donation goes to Livable Hawaii Kai Hui’s ongoing work to restore and preserve the Ka Iwi Mauka Lands.

Maunalua Fishpond Logo
Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center
Over the last six years Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center has successfully revitalized Kānewai Spring in Kuli`ou`ou. Once nearly stagnant and overgrown, Kānewai Spring is now teeming with native plants and fish.  Every day it feeds thousands of gallons of fresh spring water into Kānewai Fishpond, Paikō Lagoon, and ultimately Maunalua Bay.  The Kānewai Spring property is currently under contract to MFHC for sale.  We’ve been working hard with the Trust for Public Land to raise funds to complete the purchase and permanently protect the Spring with a conservation easement for the community’s health and benefit.  More information is available at maunaluafishpond.org.  

Maunalua.net is a a community organization that is committed to perpetuating the historical and cultural memories of Maunalua. Currently, its entire website is being updated to provide better mapping and additional cultural information.  In the past, the Kaiwi Coast Run & Walk has linked our educational section to Maunalua.net.  With photos, videos and written information, Maunalua.net is a treasure trove of Hawaiian cultural information about the Maunalua area. Maunalua.net is often consulted by the Kaiwi Coast Run & Walk in our efforts to accurately identify the Hawaiian place names along the course.


Hawaii Kai Lions Rescue Tube Project 
Hawai‘i Kai Lions have partnered with the Rescue Tube Foundation to introduce Rescue Tubes to O‘ahu, where there is an average of 27 drownings annually. The 240 rescue tubes already on Kaua‘i have accounted for over 140 rescues. To get the program going on O‘ahu, Lions purchased 100 tubes to give away in the East Honolulu area.   
Rescue tube

Rescue tube on a Kauai Beach. The Hawaii Kai Lions Club is working to bring rescue tubes to Oahu.

Student Scholarships 
one-time $1000 college scholarship is offered to any Hui Nalu paddler who has paddled from age 12 through high school graduation and awarded annually to all graduates who meet the criteria.
2019 Scholarship Recipients:
Gabrielle Daly
Chloe Kodani
Taylor Ledgerwood
Randilyn Nohara
Pomakai Ogata
2018 Scholarship Recipient:
Brooke Matson
2017 Scholarship Recipients:
Maverick Aipa
Ruthie Cockett
2016 Scholarship Recipients:
Alexandra (Lexi) Hagedorn
Allyssa Soares
Kekoa Nakasone
Sierra Keolanui
Ka’onohi (Ohi)  Lapilio
2015 Scholarship Recipients:
Malia Mizumo
Kia Hasegawa
Alexander (Alex) Look
2014 Scholarship Recipients:
Kelsi Cottrell
Makana Darval-Chang


Equipment for Hui Nalu


Paddling equipment gets used every day and needs full-time attention and care, so equipment budgets at canoe clubs tend to be 40-50% of the entire budget. Having a fundraiser such as the Ka Iwi Coast Run & Walk has meant that Hui Nalu can continue to maintain and repair the sixteen general use canoes while allowing for the purchase of new canoes: a Bradley Lightning and an OC3. The OC3 allows coaches to get everyone in a boat even when they do not have a number divisible by six.