While families on Maui coped with terrible loss from wildfires, some came together to help their kids do something they love: go surfing. Dozens of kids and their families turned out. Loaner boards were laid out for kids who lost theirs in the fire, provided by the nonprofit Boards 4 Buddies. A local shop donated acai bowls. Other companies sent boxes of towels and slippers. As parents visited with old friends and commiserated together, kids shyly approached Maui's well-known surfers from the pro tour to chat and take a photo together. Before heading to the water, the extended surfing family, from 5-year-olds to touring pros, formed a circle, held hands, and observed a moment of silence. Then the young surfers hit the waves. "Getting in the water is such a healing place for me and I know it is for everyone else," said big-wave surfer Paige Alms.

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