Paddling for Hope and the Nāpali challenge on Kaua‘i. photo courtesy of Derek Park
The “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Haddon Surgeon said that hope itself is like a star—not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, but to be discovered in the night of adversity. Nine years ago, paddler Derek Park made it his goal to share hope and optimism with cancer survivors, all while raising money for Hawai‘i Island patients battling this disease. Today, his organization, Paddling for Hope Foundation, offers breast cancer education and early detection to benefit the residents of Hawai‘i Island.