A physical embodiment of the Hawaiian word “Imua” meaning “to move forward,” BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua began as a grassroots initiative to fund Camp Imua as it faced the threat of discontinuation. Since 2011, BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua has played a monumental role in keeping Camp Imua’s tradition alive by providing critical funding. Camp Imua is a week-long recreational camp for children with special needs and has operated for over 40 years.
BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua engages the ocean sport community by allowing ocean athletes a unique opportunity to connect with Camp Imua campers. This one-of-a-kind mission-based race embraces our connection to the ocean defining our sense of place, “Hawai’i nei.” Proceeds from the race directly benefits Imua Family Services’ Camp Imua program. BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua follows the renowned Maliko Downwind Run and concludes at Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului. It is the fastest growing multiple discipline ocean paddle “fun race” open to men and women of all ages in SUP, OC1, OC2 and prone paddleboarding. BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua celebrated its 5th year this year and continues to grow year after year.