Makapo Aquatics Project
The Makapo Aquatics Keiki Krew is an inclusive outrigger paddling program for youth with special needs. The program’s goal is to provide the benefits of participation in outdoor team sports by creating a safe, welcoming, and energetic experience. Outrigger paddling is the perfect sport for disabled youth since minimal, if any, adaptations to the equipment and rules is required.
The program has two levels – the Jr. Outrigger Team and the Krewzers Adaptive Team. Both levels encourage participation of typically developed siblings and friends as well. The Jr. Outrigger team is primarily made up of blind and visually impaired youth and sighted siblings. The Krewzers Adaptive team specializes in working with youth with other physical and/or cognitive delays such as cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, and Down syndrome. What makes this program so unique is that members of the Krewzers team are paired with a trained paddling buddy who provides both hands on physical coaching and emotional support.
Makapo’s central focus is on Ohana – the Hawaiian word for “family”. Our programs offer a life-long opportunity to be a part of a community that promotes the healing power of sports. Participants are given a platform to develop relationships with families from different walks of life who face similar day-to-day challenges. Not only does Makapo give families a means of connecting with one another, but it gives them an opportunity to enjoy time on the water without limitations. Makapo strives to support the entire Ohana with having a fun and freeing experience out on the water.