HONOLULU (KHNL) They were ripped off and still stopped to lend a hand. Now, that giving spirit is being given back to a group of visiting boy scouts.
When you get a group of young men together with a camera, you can be sure there'll be some goofy pictures and a whole lot of fun. That's exactly what happens with Boy Scout Troop 611 from San Jose.That's why some are bothered by what thieves took from them last Friday.
"I lost my digital camera and all my pictures." says Tyler Nii.
Pictures they can't take over, from their 18 day trip to the Hawaii island, Maui and Oahu. But even with the loss, Troop 611 is still all smiles on their final night in the islands.
The smiles come from the aloha spirit dozens have shown them since hearing their story. People have pitched in giving backpacks, gifts and money to replace stolen items.
"Here is a check for $2500 and more checks from the community who really cares" says Jessica Rich, with the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii.
"It feels real good, cause everyone helped out and it shows that people care makes you feel warm at heart," says Boy Scout Thomas Shinagawa.
The scouts stay in the islands was more than a vacation, but also a chance to help other communities. And it turns out, even their theft turned this trip into a learning experience.
"It taught me something, that people in Hawaii care." says Shinagawa.
Of course scout leaders also hope the boys learned another important lesson.
"They told us don't leave stuff in the car!" adds Shinagawa.
These scouts are enjoying their remaining time in the islands, a trip filled with memories, but they would like to take a little more home with them.
"We have the memories, but we would like to have the pictures as well" says Alvin Hironaga, Troop 611 Assistant Scout Master.
Scout leaders hope that whoever took the film and digital media cards, which are inside the cameras, will turn them in, so the scouts will have more than just memories of their trip.