2008 MAHALO & CONGRATULATIONS
I know it's long ... but for what you get ... reading and saying thank you is worth the time for me to write ... and I hope for you to read.
You'd think thank you's would be the same - this year reminded me how much all these volunteers do and how well they adapt to changes when needed. THANK YOU ALL! Yes, some parts are similar from the year to year. But they're also not. Every year is different.
And this year deserves some very special thank you's (mahalo's). Learning never ends ... and so saying "thank you" to all those very special people who step up to the plate to make things happen.
This is the year of the Reef ... appreciate what you have ... and I hope you enjoyed some beautiful coral, turtles, the large black manta rays that visited ... thanks for the amazing diversity of our "play"grounds.
This swim benefits Maui Dolphins Swim Club and Maui Masters Swim Club from Upcountry Maui. Everyone who swam, kayaked, register-helped, cleaned-up, set buoys, un-set buoys, donated, prepared food, helped hand out awards ... you've all helped make this a wonderful success. It couldn't happen so successfully without the help of literally dozens of people putting in time, money, and heart.
Thank you... (if you don't know the people below ... you know people LIKE them at home ... thank them for all they do 4u)
First ... every year ... I need to thank T:)NI first. She doesn't ask for it, and I've just come to expect so much (I know ... bad ... but we all try). Still she meets the expectation. She does SO much at this race every year, during the race, after the race and makes it possible for us to make this race happen. She made the awards again this year. She organizes the files, she puts up with long hours from me doing other stuff to make this happen. And Toni (and I) want to add extra thanks to Rachelle this year coming over to put together t-shirt packages.
Also as always ... Swimmers ... without you, this event doesn't happen. Bring more friends next time - even your competitors.
This year ... Special Thanks. Sometimes YOU have to step up to the plate ... that's what makes this year so special. We had to cover things at the last minute this year (hopefully none of the competitors noticed and the race started safely and on time) ... First up was GeorgeM getting the anchors for the swim to the boat and meeting Doug on Sunday to get initial buoys set. Then Monday when jetskis didn't show in time, Chris from Maui Eco Tours and the Kayakers stepped up to the plate to get our buoys out, Doug made a special swim on a bum shoulder to get that big 8' ft yellow buoy by Pu'u Ola'i in place, JeffT showed up for digging the holes for the finish line, did the timing, and didn't leave 'til everything was cleaned up, Janet Renner (our Hawaiian Masters President for a zillion years) stepped in to do a beautiful blessing for the race, SandyD stepped in to help with computer, and so much more. And you all got a beautiful race.
Thanks to Maui Prince Hotel and especially SandyT ... being able to use that beautiful lawn and having tables and the late checkout and opening the King's Trail to drop off the portapotties ... are such a huge deal to a beautiful and comfortable race.
This doesn't belittle the amazing workload so many volunteers put forth to make this happen...
Food ,,, Lee & Linda Tocho took this off my hands, had some great ideas to get lots of food to our competitors. And their son (and swimmer) Alexander helping pass stuff out. And RichL picked up water ... and DaveR for coolers and ice ... and Rich & Annemarie for the gatorade at the finish.
Course ... Doug and George ... setting the anchors the day before in the choppy windy water made starting on time possible - and Toni for finding a boat at the last minute.
Don't forget setting up the finish line ... thanks Christine and JeffT and Stephanie and Rich and Josh.
Kayaks: As always ... and as said above ... Mostly thanks to Chris with Maui Eco Tours ... you're [still] always there doing good things helping out Maui Swimming, Maui kayaking ... professionally, in the background like a true menehune. And thanks to all the kayakers out there! Especially today, you made this safe. Thanks GregK and son, Juli & Mike; Mark, Anne & Renee; TeresaS; Shelly & Patty, Dexter & Glynnis, RickB, Pam, PaulM, John (windsurfers? yep! ... they're always there helping at our races ... and we enjoy sailing with them), and GeorgeM ... thanks for handing out the wristbands again this year (in addition to all the special race-saving stuff you did the day before!)
Sponsors ... they make a huge difference.
Patti: She couldn't make it this year to the race, but Thanks for the designs and the shirts and the caps ... she designed and managed it all from concept to delivery with help from Janet. The design was from an actual picture taken in La Perouse on one of "our" Sunday Swims.
Rich and Annemarie: Setup, cleanup, Finish Line ... And thanks for dinner the night before - we actually enjoyed it with some relaxation for a change.
Tour Boats: Thanks to all the tour boats that shared the space in the morning.
Registration: Marie, Toni, Lindsey, SusanH, Stephanie, Sandy & ColeD, Loralee, and George.
Awards: Toni & Christine and Bridget of Maui Ocean Center for helping choose and create the awards and give us a discount. (Lots of work - we try to make our awards ocean-related, unique ... and something you can either display as an award OR as a useful keepsake & reminder of a fun race).
Finish Line TIMING: Thanks to Annemarie, Marie, LauraG, Lindsey, SandyD, JeffT, Olivia & friend, SusanH and Stephanie. And Toni.
Sherpas & Cleanup (this is always bigger than everyone knows): I didn't even see all this stuff being done with my nose in the computer. Thanks to everyone ... NO ONE BAILED
AMR: always good just in case. This year we had vana (the black urchin) in a hand during warm-up, one swimmers foot in a nose during the swim near the arch (ouch!), (risks and rewards to "drafting") and some cramps (remember to hydrate more) ... thanks for the help.
DaveR: Thanks for bringing the special IYOR (check website) information. I wish you more people really looked at the great job you did on the "sea creatures we see" and appreciate Hawaiian waters we're so lucky to play in.
*Krueger & Keck
*The Learning Center of Maui
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