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Camp Māna'olana (Camp Hope) is a 3-day, 2-night juvenile arthritis residential summer camp offering educational and recreational activities under the care of counselors, volunteers and medical staff who are dedicated to working with children living with chronic diseases.The camp is a welcoming place for children throughout Hawaii living with juvenile arthritis. Campers are given a chance to enjoy the pleasures of childhood and gain important skills by learning manage their arthritis and to be more independent. Participating in group activities helps to enhance their self-esteem and allows the children to form everlasting friendships. Campers come from throughout the state - the islands of Molokai Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, and Oahu. They represent all spectrums of socioeconomic levels and the broad range of
ethnicities that make Hawaii so unique.
The educational aspect of the camp will focus on personal care and the management of the illness, such as how to take their medication, best practices, exercise and nuturition. Other scheduled activities include water activities at an aquatic center (Kroc Center Hawaii), learning about the plants and animals indigenous to Makaha, aquaponics, sustainable living education, horseback riding (Makaha Cultural Learning Center) and art projects (with the Honolulu Museum of Arts). Some of these activities are regularly inaccessible to the attendees due to health and economic conditions. Camp Māna'olana is
educational, therapeutic, and recreational involving team building, support and increased independence.