Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes patients to live constantly with symptoms like those of a sinus and chest cold. Saline therapy is a treatment option for children and adults who live with this incurable disease. Amy Kalili introduces us to a program that is tapping into the "natural saline environment" that defines our island home.
These pro surfers recently visited with keiki and staff at Kapiʻolani hospital.
Ua kipa aku nei kekahi o kçia mau loea heʻenalu i nâ keiki a limahana o ka haukapila ʻo Kapiʻolani.
"We are a nonprofit foundation," said Bobby Serna of Mauli Ola Foundation. "We provide programs for individuals with genetic diseases."
Kôkua ana i ka poʻe loaʻa i nâ maʻi ôewe.
Research has shown that saline is a great treatment for cystic fibrosis.
Ma hope o ka ʻimi noiʻi ʻana i ke ʻano e lapaʻau ʻia ai kçia maʻi, ua ʻike ʻia ka maikaʻi o ka wai kai no ka poʻe i loaʻa i ka cystic fybrosis.
"When you breathe that in, and then you combine it with exercise, the exercise also helps you to cough more vigorously," said Dr. Ackermann. "And for these patients, coughing is actually a big part of their therapy."
Ke hanu i ia ea wai kai, keu ma ka hoʻoikaika kino ʻano a kunukunu, he kôkua nui ia
While these treatments can be machine administered, local surfers know we are surrounded by a natural saline treatment.
ʻOiai hiki ke hana mîkini ʻia kçia ʻano lapaʻau ʻana ma ka haukapila, keʻena kauka a hale paha, ʻike leʻa ka poʻe o ke kai, ʻo kçia poʻe heʻenalu kekahi, i ke ʻano kûlohelohe e loaʻa ai ia lâʻau lapaʻau.
"Usually what they would do in hospital they're doing with us surfing, rather than having to go through treatments which is kind of a bummer," said professional surfer Kalani Robb.
ʻAʻohe hauʻoli o ka hana ʻia ma ka haukapila. E aho kçia!
And it is a pretty fun medical treatment!
A ʻo kçia nô paha kekahi o nâ kiʻina lapaʻau maʻi nui loa o ka leʻaleʻa a hauʻoli nô hoʻi.
It was a great day for the patients and their ʻohana, who have a great aloha for the foundation and surfers.
He lâ piha hauʻoli nô no ia mau keiki maʻi a pçia pû nâ pôkiʻi a makua nô hoʻi i nui loa ko lâkou aloha a mahalo aku i ko kçia hui manawaleʻa a me nâ kânaka heʻenalu kekahi.
"I love it," said Laura Orantes, other of Daniel Orantes, CF patient. "So far, it's our first time today and we love it and are excited to come to more events like these."
Nui ka mahalo a pîhoihoi i ka hana hou.
Laura's son Daniel was paired with big wave rider Kealiʻi Mamala, who was born and raised in Hawaiʻi and knows the healing power of the ocean.
Ua hoʻolauna a hoʻopakanâ ʻia kâ Laura keikikâne ʻo Daniel me ka loea heʻenalu nunui ʻo Kealiʻi Mamala i hânau a hânai ʻia ma Hawaiʻi e kamaʻâina a ʻike leʻa ai ʻo ia i ka waiwai o ke kai a me kona ʻano lapaʻau nô hoʻi.
"You know when we get a little cold -- a little head cold, nose cold -- my grandma used to say go to the surf," said professional big wave rider Kealiʻi Mamala. "Go swim at the beach. It helps break up the mucus, let everything out of your nose, your body, it's kind of a cleansing thing."
Ke maʻi, haʻi mai ʻo tûtû e hele i kai. Pelâ e wâwahi a hoʻokuʻu ʻia ai ka hupe.