Posted by: kbcolp11 | May 1, 2017

Thanks for attending Love the West Maui Greenway Day!

On Earth Day, nearly 450 people came together to celebrate the first annual Love the West Maui Greenway Day! This event, organized by the West Maui Greenway Alliance and the Maui Bicycling League, was intended to raise awareness and build support for the proposed 25-mile West Maui Greenway project.
pressrelease_postevent-copy.jpgIn the morning, attendees participated in “Get Fit the Green Way” activities including yoga led by Sookie Kunst, hula hooping skills with Cirque Jolie, and greenway exploration rides provided by RideSmart Maui, Boss Frog’s and West Maui Cycles. Keiki participated in a bike rodeo and bike safety training with Maui Parks and Rec and the Maui Police Department. Face painting, a group art project and jumping on the bouncy house were among the other popular children’s activities! Additionally, attendees participated in plein air painting with Maui School of Art, stopped by educational booths and heard from guest speakers Donald Couch, Joy Burau, Roz Baker, Elle Cochran and Angus McKelvey.

Love the West Maui Greenway Day guests joined thousands of others across the world by engaging in a March for Science, led by Mark Deakos, founder of Hawaii Association for Marine Education and Research (HAMER) and 40 high school students from the University of Hawaii’s Upward Bound Trio program. Marchers crossed the highway to Canoe Beach and headed towards Lahaina to make a presence known about the need for science and environmental preservation.

We celebrated local culture with a hula show by Old Lahaina Luau, traditional Hawaiian music by local artist Anthony Pfluke, and chanting by Maui Nei’s kumu, Wainani Kealoha and Keoki Sousa. The afternoon entertainment also included a performance by singer pressrelease_postevent-copy2.jpgand songwriter Melinda Caroll, and rock ‘n roll favorites performed by Fred’s Garage, Heather Hirshson and Burn’n Love’s Darren “Elvis” Lee.

Love the West Maui Greenway Day was filled with good music, fitness and health, delicious food, local culture and encouraging support of the West Maui Greenway project from the community! This first-time event was made possible by our sponsors, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kaiser Permanente, Na Ala Hele, Boss Frog’s, RideSmart Maui, Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, Maui Chamber of Commerce, AARP Hawaii, Hope Builders LLC and the Linn Family.

According to Saman Dias, Co-Founder and Chair of Maui Bicycling League,“We are excited that the first annual Love the West Maui Greenway Day was a success. Nearly 100 community members participated in bike and walk exploration rides, and the variety of activities involved people of all ages. The event was well organized and ran smoothly with MC Kathy Collins keeping the agenda on track. We are very grateful to our sponsors, alliance partners, participants and volunteers for their support. Given it was our first event, we plan to incorporate feedback from the community to make next year even better and look forward to making this celebration one of the best events on West Maui.”

Please stay updated on the progress of this project by following the West Maui Greenway facebook page and website. To volunteer or get involved please email Mahalo nui loa to all who participated and we look forward to celebrating next year!



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