Mililani JROTC helps out disabled on beach

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Mililani High School JROTC cadets Andrew Spencer and Joy Sanchez help pull a modified floatation wheel carrier out of the water at Barbers Point beach park. The cadets volunteered for AccesSurf, a local nonprofit organization that helps those with disabilities experience surfing. (Photo by Cadet Capt. Brandee Schiller, Mililani High School JROTC)

Mililani High School JROTC cadets Andrew Spencer and Joy Sanchez help pull a modified floatation wheel carrier out of the water at Barbers Point beach park. The cadets volunteered for AccesSurf, a local nonprofit organization that helps those with disabilities experience surfing. (Photo by Cadet Capt. Brandee Schiller, Mililani High School JROTC)

Cadet Captain Brandee Schiller
Mililani High School

BARBERS POINT —  Twenty-eight members of Mililani JROTC and the Mililani High School Surf Club joined up with AccesSurf, a nonprofit organization, for a “Day at the Beach.”

Mililani High School JROTC cadets Lucy Grace, left, and Jessica Waturai practice standing up on a surfboard during AccesSurf’s “Day at the Beach” event. AccesSurf is a local nonprofit that helps those with disabilities experience surfing. The cadets volunteered to help AccesSurf complete this mission. (Photo by Cadet Capt. Brandee Schiller, Mililani High School JROTC)

Mililani High School JROTC cadets Lucy Grace, left, and Jessica Waturai practice standing up on a surfboard during AccesSurf’s “Day at the Beach” event. AccesSurf is a local nonprofit that helps those with disabilities experience surfing. The cadets volunteered to help AccesSurf complete this mission. (Photo by Cadet Capt. Brandee Schiller, Mililani High School JROTC)

This program is a free monthly service supported by volunteers introducing adaptive aquatic recreation utilizing specialized surfboards and flotation devices for anyone with a disability.

All ages and abilities were welcomed, as this program is designed for families and friends to unite and engage in outdoor recreation.

“The hard work the cadets and Surf Club members undertook was remarkable. They enjoyed every minute of this service project,” said by Lt. Col. Tim Schiller, senior Army instructor for the Mililani Trojan Battalion.

Mililani High School JROTC cadet Alexander Lee rides his first wave at AccesSurf’s “Day at the Beach” event. Lee and other JROTC cadets volunteered to help AccesSurf, a local nonprofit that allows those with disabilities to experience surfing. (Photo by Cadet Capt. Brandee Schiller, Mililani High School JROTC)

Mililani High School JROTC cadet Alexander Lee rides his first wave at AccesSurf’s “Day at the Beach” event. Lee and other JROTC cadets volunteered to help AccesSurf, a local nonprofit that allows those with disabilities to experience surfing. (Photo by Cadet Capt. Brandee Schiller, Mililani High School JROTC)

The event started early in the morning when cadets assisted the AccesSurf team as they helped unload the two vehicles holding all the equipment. Once everything was set up on the beach, Kara Short, executive director, briefed all the volunteers on their duties and responsibilities.

Following the detailed briefing, other experts briefed the areas as cadets and other volunteers talked through the process of taking individuals from the wheelchairs, transferring them onto specific modified beach wheelchairs and onto a surfboard.

The process is clearly defined by the different color of rash guards members who divided up their duties on the beach and in the water. From in-processing, to beach transfers, to surf instructors, everything worked like clockwork, extremely organized.

Mililani High School JROTC cadets Tiana Pascual-Dias and Macey Zuniga secure the AccesSurf canopy with sandbags. The cadets volunteered at AccesSurf’s “Day at the Beach” event. (Photo by Cadet Capt. Brandee Schiller, Mililani High School JROTC)

Mililani High School JROTC cadets Tiana Pascual-Dias and Macey Zuniga secure the AccesSurf canopy with sandbags. The cadets volunteered at AccesSurf’s “Day at the Beach” event. (Photo by Cadet Capt. Brandee Schiller, Mililani High School JROTC)

After the event closed up about mid-afternoon, Mililani Trojans Cadets and members of Mililani’s newest Surf Club were blessed with a special guest, Kala Alexander, pro surfer and “Blue Crush” superstar.

He briefed the high school cadets and surfers that good work ethic in school is the key to excelling in life. He emphasized to everyone to respect your elders, something that is lacking in today’s society.

At the end of the question and answering session, the professional surfers gave classes on the beach on paddling, standing up and water safety.

After feeling confident on land, the cadets and Surf Club members, some of whom had never surfed before, were standing up on their first wave.

Surf coach with Mililani High School and school teacher James Smith was one of the pushers in the lineup. He stated, “It was a perfect day. Everyone had a blast, and this was the first event of many more for the Trojans.”

“It’s great to see the better surfers teaching those who can’t surf. It reminds me that kind people do exist,” said by Mililani High School Surf Club member Sharon Sakuma (grade 11).

The Mililani Surf Club and Mililani Army JROTC cadets are so thankful to AccesSurf Hawaii and Da Hui Surfing Organization for giving them the opportunity to connect friends and family together, as well as mentally remind many individuals to live everyday to your absolute fullest.

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