By Roger Mari
WAIKIKI (KHNL) - They've come from as far as Alabama, Alaska and Canada to learn how to surf.
Thirty-two cancer patients are on Oahu to enjoy an island vacation thanks to The Sunshine Kids Foundation.
It's called the Hang Loose Holiday in Hawaii. The Sunshine Kids, a non-profit organization arranged for this all expense paid trip as part of a nationwide initiative to provide fun events for children diagnosed with cancer.
"It's a time for them to get away from any cancer treatments and simply be kids on vacation having a great time, not thinking of chemotherapy and their illness, just being a kid, said organizer, Nick Lacarra.
The group arrived Sunday night, and the next morning, headed straight for the beach for a lesson in one of Hawaii's favorite past time activities.
"They're learning to surf and taking in the water and the sun and it means the world to them. Some of these kids have never seen the water, so it's their first time in the ocean," said Lacarra.
It's a chance to meet other kids who are suffering from cancer.
"You feel real comfortable around them because they're going through the same thing as you...have someone to relate with...they don't know what you're going through," Brian McSorley a cancer patient.
After heavy rains, Mother Nature gave these kids a treat with sunshine and good size waves.
"Even though I fell off a few times, it was still fun," said cancer patient, Jeffrey Lyunade.