1. Tell us a little about yourselves:
Penny Kalua: Honolulu; Retired from the State of Hawai’i and the U.S. Army
Reserves; being with ‘Ohana and Volunteering & Delivering Essential Bags to
those in need.
Elizabeth “Liz” Sabog: Waipahu; Currently works for the Federal Government and
still serving in the Hawai’i Air National Guard; Volunteering but mostly being
“Voluntold” she says, lol.
2. How and when did you hear about and started with AccesSurf.
We both heard about AccesSurf at one of our Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe
Regatta meetings many years ago when we met Mark Marble, one of the
founders of AccesSurf. Mark told us they had AccesSurf events at White Plains
Beach, so, if we could, Liz and I would hurry down to help offload the surfboards
and equipment from the big van before rushing off to either paddling practice or
3. What does AccesSurf mean to you?
Words would not do any justice for this fabulous program, all you have to see are
the faces of the participants, their ‘Ohana, Caregivers, and the Volunteers; their
smiles, the laughters, their waves and shakas, and the sparkles in their eyes as it
reflects of the ocean waters, are such powerful statements of: Acceptance,
Community, Care, Empowerment, Support, Safety, Unity, Respect, and Fun.
4. Favorite AccesSurf memory:
Penny: Every AccesSurf memory is my favorite. To know how it started and
where it has evolved to is inspirational. Another memory is constantly bugging
Cara for years, saying, “So, when are we having AccessPaddling?”
Liz: When AccesSurf’s Grant Writer Simone brought her daughter Sophia to ride in one of our canoes.
It was sincerely moving.
5. Anything else you want to say to our community?
Although we try to be very low-key people, being a part of a great Team has been
the reasons to fulfilling the who, what, when, where, why, and hows of doing
what we do for our community. Whether it is small or big, the success of any
event we are involved with has a lot to do with the Volunteers- the “behind-the-
scene” workabees which we are truly grateful and humbled by their generous