OLD SEALS TO SWIM MAUI CHANNEL
On September 3rd - Labor Day - a team of six stubborn old U.S. Navy SEALS will be part of the 39th annual Maui Channel Swim, swimming the 9.6 mile passage between the islands of Lanai and Maui in Hawaii. It was on Maui that the Navy Frogmen, predecessors of today’s SEALS, conducted their final training on their way out to the South Pacific during World War II.
The team, made up of SEALS who are all in their 40’s, 50’s, 60's and 70's and Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans, is dedicating its swim to all those SEALS who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country as well as all who have been wounded and those who are currently serving.
The team has chosen as its name the "Hoo-Yah Hokua SEALS". "Hokua" in Hawaiian means the highest point of the crest of an ocean wave – the point at which the wave touches the sky. And "Hooya" is the SEAL battle-cry which originated somewhere in the SEAL Teams' misty past, from their organizational ancestors – U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Teams, Combat Demolition Units, Scouts and Raiders and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Maritime Units. "Hoo-Yah" represents the unwavering determination that is the heritage of every U.S. Navy SEAL.
If you would like to make a donation to the U.S. Navy Seal Foundation, which provides assistance to the families of fallen SEALS.
Please click on: http://navysealfoundation.org/donate.htm.