The first event, Huakaʻi Makai (journey to the ocean), took place on Saturday, November 7th on Kailua Bay. This makai event is a race for ocean enthusiasts in the categories of swimming, outrigger paddling and stand-up paddle boarding, choosing from two different courses in Kailua Bay. This event is a partnership with Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Kanaka Ikaika Racing Association and Kailua Masters Swim Club that aims to raise awareness about HOK's efforts to protect ocean health.
The second event, Huakaʻi Mauka (journey to the mountains), took place on Saturday, November 14th. This mauka event is an elegant evening on the ranch featuring a cocktail hour with pupu's and jeep tours to view HOK's Hakipuʻu Stream Restoration Project. The festivities also included a farm to fork dinner collaboration by local chefs Mark "Gooch" Noguchi of Pili Group and Chef Kealoha Domingo of NuiKealoha, live music from Ka'imi Hanano'eau and Keale, an open beer and wine bar, a dessert bar and a robust silent auction.
These events are always special for us, as a small non-profit, we are constantly amazed and grateful for the support we receive at the event, this along with all the volunteers over the past year, assures us we are doing good work. Mahalo to everyone for braving the weather to enter the makai race, purchasing a ticket to dinner, seeing our restoration site first hand, participating in our silent auction and our 1st annual "giving tree." Your support is truly appreciated.
If for some reason you didn't win an auction item or did not have an opportunity to purchase a tree, a tax deductible donation can be made here.
We'd also love to hear from you, what made the events special, what could be improved, etc. This, of course, is a fundraiser for us to continue engaging the community in our work but, it's also celebration of our community, we want to make sure our community is happy.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope to see you all again in 2016 at our projects, volunteer events and fundraisers.
Todd Cullison & HOK staff
Please visit our website to view photos from this year's events.