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The Annual Hawaii Kai Dog Walk - a New Tradition in East Honolulu

The annual Hawaii Kai Dog Walk was inaugurated in August, 2005, to raise community awareness about the need for more dog parks on Oahu, to provide an opportunity for dogs and their people to exericse and socialize in a fun and friendly atmosphere, and to raise funds to support Hui Ilio's mission.

About 200 people attended the first annual Hawaii Kai Dog Walk, and subsequent years have seen up to 400 participants with their dogs.  Over 50 volunteers help to stage the event each year, and more than 50 business sponsors have provided supplies, door prizes and free gifts for the participants. In its early years, the dog walk also helped Hui Ilio to raise funds for construction of the Hawaii Kai Dog Park.

The 2.3-mile course starts and ends at the Hawai'i Kai Park and Ride - site of the Hawaii Kai Dog Park. The Route extends along Keahole to Hawaii Kai Drive and then to Kalanianole Highway and back to the Park and Ride.  A mini-route is offered for smaller and older dogs.  See map below.

The 2008 dog walk, held on June 22, was a celebration of the Hawaii Kai Dog Park's completion.  One week later on June 29, the park was officially opened to the public! 

The June 7, 2009 dog walk, celebrating the first anniversary of the dog park, opened up a new venue for the event:  We now have the City's permission to use the dog park for part of our dog walk activities!  We are now able to have more sponsor participation with booths set up inside the dog park.  Booth sponsors will have either an activity/game or give-away items at their booths.  The Park & Ride parking lot continues to be used for the start/finish line and registration. 

We also invite other non-profit groups that share our mission of promoting dog parks and/or promoting responsible dog ownership to participate in the dog walk.  They provide educational information, promote their own events, and may also have a "wish list" to share with participants.  In recent years, Hui Ilio has also encouraged dog walk participants to bring a gift for a homeless pet.  The Hawaiian Humane Society, K9 Kokua, and the feral cat caretakers have been benefiiciaries of the pet food, toys, leashes, collars, beds, and grooming supplies we received.

 

 

 

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