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Maui 5K raises nearly $70K for Maui Nui schools

Maui 5K raises nearly $70K for Maui Nui schools

March 6, 2024, MĀʻ ALAEA, MAUI, HI—About 1,300 Maui residents and visitors ran and walked in last weekend's 13th annual Maui 5K, raising nearly $70,000 for Maui Nui schools.

 "We had a record-breaking event, exceeding our previous years by leaps and bounds," said Arlene Emerson, co-founder of the Maui 5K. "A huge mahalo to everyone who participated, volunteered, and donated to help make this year's event such a success." Proceeds from the Maui 5K go directly back to the community, funding Maui County schools. Forty schools participated in this year's race, held on the morning of March 3.

The top 5 schools with the most participants were:

  1. Pōmaikaʻi Elementary School (88 participants)

  2. Kula Elementary School (51 participants)

  3. Carden Academy of Maui (40 participants)

  4. Pukalani Elementary School (36 participants)

  5. Lahainaluna High School (31 participants)

In total, 1,276 participants — 1,046 Hawaiʻi residents and 230 from outside the state — made their way along the 5K course through Māʻalaea or walked an alternate mile-long loop.

Maui 5K

Awards were presented to top finishers, and door prizes included Maui Ocean Center family memberships, whale-watching trips with the Pacific Whale Foundation, and roundtrip airfare on Alaska Airlines. KHON2 weather anchor Justin Cruz emceed the event, while DJ Z kept the crowd moving and Planet Fitness provided some pre-race stretching.

Additional sponsors included HMSA, Maui Health, KAOI, KITV, Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Roberts Hawaii, Parklinq and Māʻalaea Triangle Association.

"The Maui 5K has grown each year with the support of our presenting sponsor, Maui Ocean Center," Emerson said. "We look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 14th annual Maui 5K on March 2, 2025."

Maui 5K run


For more than 25 years, Maui Ocean Center has aimed to foster wonder and respect for Hawaiʻi's marine life — and help protect it for future generations. Whether walking through an underwater tunnel next to sharks and rays or coming eye-to-eye with a humpback whale in an immersive 3D film experience, Maui Ocean Center seeks to inspire you as it brings you below the water's surface. Learn more at


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