Leadership Development Through Community Service


And They're Off: The 22nd Annual Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race


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RPJ and Hawaii Kai Jaycees Work Together on Yearly Tradition

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Fishing for ducks

Take one famous Waikiki waterway and add thousands of yellow duckies to it and you’ve got the makings of an annual spectacle that just might endear itself to an entire community. Luckily the folks at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii thought of it 22 years ago. The Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race has raised over $750,000 for the UCPA of Hawaii over the years, and it’s among the few events that has people throwing something cute and positive into the Ala Wai Canal. This edition of the race went off without a hitch thanks to a great mix of veteran race volunteers and eager young rookies from RPJ and the Hawaii Kai Jaycees. The volunteers were responsible for releasing the duckies to start the race and then retrieving them from the infamous Ala Wai at the finish line. Many thanks to all those who helped: Stan, Mike, Shaunte, Jon, Melyssa, Troy, Shelby Anthony, Lydell, Elvin, Shane, Winston, Charrise, Andy and C.A., and a special shout-out to Steven Antonio for wading into the canal and spear-heading the collection efforts. More pictures after the break. 
All pau...note the barefoot Steven on the right.
All pau…note the barefoot Steven on the right.

Breaking away from the pack.
Breaking away from the pack.

Ant, Shelby & Winston caught peeking into the duckie box.
Ant, Shelby & Winston caught peeking into the duckie box.

Melyssa and Mike with friends.
Melyssa and Mike with friends.

Elvin tosses out some stragglers.
Elvin tosses out some stragglers.

HELP!!!
HELP!!!

Shane & Stan have their game faces on.
Shane & Stan have their game faces on.

Shelby, Ant & Lydell before the big launch.
Shelby, Ant & Lydell before the big launch.

Elvin, Donna, Winston, Charrise and C.A. pose for one last shot.
Elvin, Donna, Winston, Charrise and C.A. pose for one last shot. Thanks to Andy for taking the pictures.