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Mana’olana Pink Paddlers was founded in 2006 by a small group of breast cancer survivors to enable health and healing for breast cancer patients and survivors. We received our non-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2010. In 2011 it became evident that there were many people, women and men, facing all types of cancer who needed support.  We then opened our membership to all cancers, all genders, and their supporters.

Cancer affects everyone in our community and Maui families are often devastated by this disease. We offer cancer survivors, often going through very challenging times, hope and inspiration to heal and grow strong again. We paddle, chant, laugh, pray, and sometimes cry together.  We are truly an Ohana.

Mana’olana utilizes our natural Maui resources to provide a nurturing and loving environment where survivors can connect, heal, and support each other. We prove, by example, that there is life after cancer by encouraging physical exercise to build strength, confidence, and friendships.

As a Nonprofit Organization, we are committed to being a “grass-roots” charitable organization by reaching out into our community to make a difference. We are a 100% volunteer-based organization with a strong Board, effective leadership, and a very active, committed and inspiring membership. We have developed rewarding community partnerships with MAUI CANCER RESOURCES, and PACIFIC CANCER FOUNDATION . 

We also now fund our own WAVES OF HOPE CANCER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM to assist Maui County cancer patients.


To cultivate hope, health, fitness, and fun for cancer survivors and their supporters
through outrigger canoe paddling and other programs.

We aim to aid and support cancer patients to health and recovery throughout their cancer journey
through our myriad of programs, community outreach, and fundraising efforts

That mission has been followed and developed into a program that started with 6 members and today has over 150 members.

We offer first year cancer survivors a $2 annual membership for both Mana’olana and our sister club, Maui Canoe Club.

After the first year, single membership is $200 and family of 2 membership is $325 for both clubs.

We have a private donor/foundation who sponsors fees for cancer survivors who can’t afford it
and Maui Canoe Club will waive part of their membership fee to ensure cancer survivors can participate in our programs.

For additional information about our members and what we're doing, please visit our Facebook page at Mana'olana Maui.