Wailea Molokini Challenge
From Openwaterpediacharity swim and paddle event on 3 December 2011 that benefited Best Buddies Hawaii and Ka Lima O Maui. The event will raise money and awareness for the diverse population of people with disabilities on Maui.
Famous swimmers such as Karen Gaffney swam 6 miles from Wailea Beach on Maui, circumnavigated Molokini volcanic crater island, and then paddled 6 miles back. Gaffney was accompanied by Hawaiian channel swimmer and Maui resident Mike Spalding. The benefit paddle/swim circumnavigation of Molokini included stand up, OC-1, OC-2 and traditional outrigger canoe divisions for teens, adults and seniors.
The race began and ended on Wailea Beach at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, and featured celebrity guests enjoying an evening of Hawaiian entertainment and hula, a lu'au buffet, silent auction, awards ceremony and prizes. Actress Maureen McCormick (aka Marcia Brady of "The Brady Bunch") presented awards to the winning competitors.
Proceeds from the event supported two Maui non-profit organizations, Ka Lima O Maui and Best Buddies Hawai'i, which provide friendships, leadership training and jobs for students and adults on Maui with disabilities.