Oahu race to raise awareness about Ka Iwi coastline

Hawaii is known for its beautiful coasts, and now you may get a chance to get an up-close look at some shores you may have bypassed — and the best part is it’s all for a good cause.

Over the years, there has been a lot of pressure for development on Oahu’s eastern shoreline, in particular the Ka Iwi coast. On Sunday, Oct. 5, there will be a fundraising run/walk to raise awareness about that area.

The event will cover a four-mile stretch of the coastline, starting at Sandy Beach Park and ending at the Hui Nalu luau at Maunalua Bay.

“The Ka Iwi Coast Run & Walk is not only a fundraiser for the Hui Nalu Canoe Club,” said Patsy Vasquez of East Oahu Realty, a race co-sponsor, “but it also brings awareness to the importance of the coastline, which is pristine and needs to be preserved.”

There is little development between Sandy Beach and Maunalua Bay other than a gun range on the mauka side and a trail to the Makapuu Lighthouse.

“There is still a push to develop that area, so we would really like to be able to make all of it preservation land,” said runner Carol Jaxon. “That is part of the ongoing mission of the Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, and we want to support that as well.”

Kalanianaole Highway will be closed for the Oct. 5 race between 6 and 8 a.m. Click here for more information.

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