The 2nd annual They Will Surf Again Hawaii took place today at White Plains Beach, Hawaii and it was another huge success. We had another beautiful day, despite original forecasts of rain. It was gorgeous. Pro surfers Roy Powers and Leila Hurst were on hand, along with a ton of awesome volunteers to assist with our adaptive surfers. The day started with the sounds of the conch shell blown by Kahu; Manu Mook and followed by a beautiful prayer which set the mood for the day. Everyone was excited to hit the waves and surprised to see an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal who decided to roll up and take a front row seat in front of the ocean as we all hit the water. And this seal was totally soaking up the rays and rolling in the sand. So cute!
The local news station; KHON 2 came out and covered the amazing event and did a story on a local boy, Tusi from Kahuku. He was on his way to college when he dove into water at Seal Beach, CA and became a quadriplegic. He has since returned to the islands and today was the first day he hit the water since his accident 11 years ago. It is such a touching story and so touching to see the support of his friends family. Incredible.
We had some great food from Lulu’s, Duke’s Waikiki and homemade chili from my mom’s kitchen. Yup, chili and rice are always a big hit at the beach. Thanks mom and Aunty Paulyne. Ono stuff
Our fundraiser was held on Friday at Wahoo’s and a huge success. We had a great drawing and our grand prize was the autographed Hawaii Five-O surfboard. Our lucky winner was Lesley Wilmoth who purchased tickets online … Congratulations Lesley!
Our fundraiser and They Will Surf Again Hawaii program was a huge success and wouldn’t be possible with the amazing volunteers and a few key sponsors:
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