This email was sent to us by Kanalu.
Aloha kakou a pau,
Asking you guys to come out and support the effort – read below. I attached our pledge form or you can go to www.hahawaii.org ; pass it on if you are inclined to do so.
In the way of Pohaku, he’s made the 11th hour decision to turn his paddle across the Ka Iwi Channel (Molokai Channel) as an unofficial entrant in the Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Paddle Board Race on July 26, 2009 (unofficial b/c the race organizers don’t have a wood board class). Now don’t get me wrong on the 11th hours stuff – only the brilliant idea to turn this into a fundraiser is new. He’ll be raising funds for Punana Leo o Kamakau, Kanalu (Pohahku’s non-profit), and Na Kama Kai (non-profit of Duane Desoto).
This wont be Pohaku’s fist crossing of the Ka Iwi by any means, he’s been in boats and canoes, windsurfed across countless times, and has driven his PWC (jet ski) across to the Big Island on numerous ocasion. He and a friend, Clark Abby, were the first to paddle across the Ka Iwi channel since the 1930’s when Gene “Tarzan” Smith did it on a hollow wood padleboard, and he’s also participated in the race that began after his historic paddle with Clark. Ever since Pohaku carved his first wood board he’s wanted to paddle one across a channel (any channel) to relive/recreate the myths and legends of Hawaiians such as Kahikilani – an ali’i from Kaua’i who was famous for surfing waves at Paumalü (Sunset Beach), or the story of Kihaapi’ilani riding the great wave from Maui to Molokai, and much more.
So if you feel inclined to make a pledge check out Kanalu (www.hahawaii.org) ; on the website you can also access to PayPal to contribute instantly any amount.
Also Pohaku will be paddling on 11′7″ ft. wiliwili board (weighing approx. 53 lbs.) shaped by a good friend and classmate at Windward Community College, Alika Anixt.
Download the pedge form here: Molokai-Oahu Pledge form