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Ethan Says Aloha to Hawaii

Ethan underwater

“ Hawaii will always hold a special place in Ethan’s heart. ”


Ethan is an electrifying eleven year-old who is diagnosed with congenital anomalies. Yet, he does not let that stop him in any way. He really enjoys being outside, so he decided to go to Hawaii for his wish. For a boy who loves to swim, that place would be perfect.

In February, Ethan and his family escaped the cold weather, packed their bags and flew to the Aloha State where their tropical adventure awaited.  Ethan and his family received a warm Hawaii welcome when they were met at the airport by a traditional lei greeting.  After a short drive, Ethan and his family arrived at the hotel in beautiful Lahina, which is part of Maui.  Ethan was so excited because he could see the beautiful ocean all around.   

While in Hawaii, Ethan and his family had the chance to go on many adventures.  They took part in a whale-watching cruise where Ethan was constantly on the lookout.  On his fourth day there, Ethan was able to go on a snorkeling adventure.  Not only did he have the opportunity to snorkel, but the boat also had a glass bottom viewing room that he could sit in.  Ethan enjoyed this day so much!

To add to the adventure, Ethan and his family also got to take part in surf lessons.  Talk about the true Hawaiian experience.  They were able to learn about this activity as well as ride the swell.  An amazing time was had by all! 

Hawaii will always hold a special place in Ethan’s heart.  He was able to experience this trip of a lifetime with his family.  The adventures that he took part in will be memories that he carries with him for a long time.  

Ethan and family off the coast of Hawaii

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