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Fundraiser for Pro surfer's daughter held in Waikiki

Kehau Sullivan Kehau Sullivan
Pancho Sullivan Pancho Sullivan

By Holly Juscen – bio | email 

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was called the "Aloha Jam Benefit," a fundraiser held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki to raise thousands of dollars for six month old Kehau Sullivan. Keahu, who was born with a congenital heart defect, is the the daughter of World Class Surfer Pancho Sullivan, "We have received emails and communication from people who have kids with congenital heart defects --- it's been such a humbling and uplifting experience all the support we have gotten."

Kehau's fundraiser was a party for all. Fourteen bands performed including Jake Shimabukuro and Guy Cruz. A silent auction was held with over twenty-five surfboards from world class surfers, and even a guitar from Eddie Vedder himself.

Myles Padaca, a fellow pro surfer, said he feels for his best friend Pancho who is going through a tough time, "Whatever I can do for my brother. We had a fundraiser last year in Haliewa and it did pretty well and it's great to see someone followed suit."

Sullivan was born in Kauai, but grew up surfing the northshore of Oahu. He and his wife Haunani have 3 children. His little daughter Kehau has had to endure several

corrective heart surgeries --- the latest one in San Diego on February 9th, "she is such a fighter, just to see the twinkle in her eye after she had the surgery was amazing...she is going to have several more surgeries in the years to come."

The goal was to raise $80,000 to help cover the medical expenses. But, the long term vision for the family is to start the "Friends of Kehau Sullivan," a non-profit organization to help children in Hawaii who have heart defects.

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