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Watershed Group Taking Time To Party

Matty Liu (left) receives a brand-new surfboard on behalf of Luke Magallesen — who recently lost his father and couldn't make it to the Aug. 10 Shorebreak Classic at Kalama Beach Park. Kaleo Relator, who was in the film 'Soul Surfer,' presented the board to him. Photo by Lawrence Tabudlo, ltabudlo@midweek.com.

Matty Liu (left) receives a brand-new surfboard on behalf of Luke Magallesen — who recently lost his father and couldn’t make it to the Aug. 10 Shorebreak Classic at Kalama Beach Park. Kaleo Relator, who was in the film ‘Soul Surfer,’ presented the board to him. Photo by Lawrence Tabudlo, ltabudlo@midweek.com.

Hui o Ko’olaupoko volunteers normally spend their time digging through Kailua watershed dirt to make a difference. But the nonprofit group will trade in shovels for paddles and wineglasses next month for a two-part makai-to-mauka fundraiser.

* Huaka’i Makai, set for Nov. 2 at Kailua Bay, is a swimming, outrigger paddling and stand-up paddle-boarding contest, in partnership with Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, Kanaka Ikaika Racing Association and Kailua Masters Swim Club. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with a mandatory pre-race meeting at 9:45 before races commence at 10.

Multiple race categories will be offered, with male and female winners for three age groups: under 18, 19-59 and 60-plus.

Pre-registration fee is $40 until Oct. 29; entries will be accepted up until race day for $50.

To register, go to active.com (search Huaka’i Makai) or download a form to mail in from huihawaii.org/fundraiser.html.

* Huaka’i Mauka, to be held at Kualoa Ranch from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8, is a more elegant affair.

Attendees can expect a tour of the Hakipu’u Stream restoration site, with a farm-to-fork dinner to follow, plus live music, drinks and a silent auction.

Tickets cost $75, and can be purchased now via PayPal through huihawaii.org/fundraiser.html.

For more information, call 277-5611.