Relay For Life of Waimea Announces New Daytime Hours

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Waimea is holding an official kickoff this week for its 11th annual event on Saturday, October 25th with new daytime hours of 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., instead of overnight from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

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This week’s kickoff will take place this Saturday, April 26th at the Parker School Farmer’s Market from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and in front of KTA in Waimea from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Community members can stop by the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life booth at either location to learn about the event’s new daytime hours and sign up teams to walk.

For the last ten years, Relay For Life of Waimea was held overnight from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., however, this year’s event will be held at Waimea Park at 65-1260 Kawaihae Road during the day from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. encouraging more families and school-age children to participate. Individuals and teams camp out at the park, with the goal of keeping at least one team member walking around a track in the park at all times. “This event brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – aimed to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease,” says Bernie Kainoa, Event Board Chair and founder of American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Waimea.

“We raise money and we raise awareness,” says Kainoa. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Waimea is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer,” Kainoa added.

This year’s theme is a Paniolo Country Fair as a tribute to Waimea’s ranching history. Many on-site fundraising efforts are being planned around this theme; including games, activities, and food, said Kainoa.

This event officially begins with an opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m. followed by cancer survivors taking the first lap around the track during the survivors lap and celebration. There is also a caregiver’s lap, which honors those who are or have cared for someone affected by cancer. Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony will take place after sundown with, participants walking the track surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5.00 by visiting (search for Waimea event). The event will come to an end at 11:00 p.m. with a special closing ceremony.

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. This year’s Relay For Life of Waimea goal is to raise $40,000. Funds raised at Relay For Life of Waimea enable the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community. Worldwide, the movement raises more than $400 million annually.

For more information about this week’s Kickoff or the Relay For Life of Waimea event in October visit (search for Waimea event) or contact American Cancer Society Staff Partner, Sancie De Mattos, at 808-938-8413 or or Event Chair, Bernie Kainoa at 808-938-2762 or

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