Tuesday, June 9, 2009

5th Annual Hawaii Kai Dog Walk

Below: The registration booth

Below: Hundreds of dogs and their humans participated in this fun walk to raise funds for Hui 'Ilio.
Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i (the Hawaii Dog Group) was founded to promote safe and friendly places for dogs and their people to play, and to promote responsible dog ownership. Their initial reason for organizing was to establish the Hawaii Kai Dog Park.

Below: The 2.3 mile walk was a bit long for some of the smaller dogs but they seemed to enjoy it anyway.
I participated in their 5th annual dog walk fundraiser on June 7th, 2009. It was exciting to be around so many dogs, from tiny Pomeranians to huge Great Danes. It was amazing how well-behaved all the dogs were. The event was very well organized, with prizes, goodie bags, T-shirts, and booths offering dog-related information. There were lots of volunteers throughout the walking trail, providing water for the dogs and directing traffic. The Hawaii Kai Dog Walk is definitely a model to follow when it's time for the North Shore to hold a fundraiser for our dog park.

Below: They must be from the Great Dane Club of Hawaii!

Now that the Hawaii Kai dog park is a reality, Hui 'Ilio's ongoing goals include helping other dog groups (like us) get approval for parks in their respective districts, enhancing the opportunities for dogs to get proper exercise and socialization, and promoting the licensing, vaccination, and good-behavior training of dogs.

Below: Not surprisingly, all the Labradors gravitated towards the swimming pool.

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