Free Surfers Healing Camp for Children With Autism and Other Disabilities

A free Surfers Healing Camp for children with autism and other disabilities will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at Richardson Ocean Park in Hilo.

Surfers Healing

Now in its fourth year, the Surfers Healing Camp provides disabled children and their families with the unique experience of surfing with professionals under supervised conditions. Knowledgeable surfing instructors, surfboards and U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vests will be provided at no charge. Complementary drinks, snacks and lunches will be offered to participating children, their families and event volunteers.

Surfers Healing is a national organization started 15 years ago in California to share the joy of surfing with the less fortunate. Its Hawai‘i Island chapter is sponsoring the December 7 drug-, alcohol-, and tobacco-free event. Additional support provided through a partnership with the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation, HMSA, Hawai‘i Behavioral Health and Hulakai Surfboards.

An estimated 200 people, including approximately 50 keiki, are expected to participate in the Hilo camp. Surfers Healing Camps are held throughout the world, providing more than 3,000 children annually with the opportunity to try surfing.

To register your child and learn more about the camp, please visit www.surfershealing.org. Space is limited, and spots fill up fast.

For more information, please call Kalani Kahalioumi at 315-6380.

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One Response

  1. Great to see this type of effort. Nice program for the kids. Staff and volunteers deserve recognition. Hope they enjoy, fully, the fact that they are helping some kids get a thrilling—no doubt—experience that they will remember for a lifetime.

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