The Menehune Mayhem is a free annual event which promotes surfing, sportsmanship, creativity, scholarship, and environmental awareness for the youth of Maui at Ho'okipa Beach Park. Activities include a surfing competition for kids 17 and under as well as opportunities for creative exploration through art, music, dance, athletics and entertainment.
Surfing competitors receive a prize bag, lunch, refreshments, and a contest t-shirt. Additional awards are given to surfers with outstanding sportsmanship, environmental awareness, or for high school students who demonstrate academic excellence.
Ian Walsh and his family started the event at Ho'okipa in 2003 with about 60 kids in attendance. Over the years, the Menehune Mayhem has grown from a small youth surf event to a one-of-a-kind two-day event that brings the community of Maui together and spotlights Maui's up and coming talent. With the communities support and the support of all the event sponsors, the Menehune Mayhem has been able to remain a free event for all those who participate.
Being raised on Maui, Ian quickly learned to love the sport of surfing. With the support from his friends, family and community, he was able to realize his dream of becoming a professional surfer and has since been able to travel the world doing what he loves all while finding joy in having the opportunity to give back to Maui through the Menehune Mayhem.
The 2019 Ian Walsh Menehune Mayhem is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th.
The Ian Walsh Menehune Mayhem Foundation seeks to support activities and events that encourage the youth of Maui to:
maximize their potential in surfing, fitness, and healthy living
cultivate their talents in communication through the arts and academics
care for and champion the natural environment of their island home
To grow our mission beyond the Maui community, ultimately reaching youth globally.