The cancer experience does not stop at remission. Survivors not only have to deal with the physical repercussions of their cancer, but also the mental and emotional trauma. In many cases, the side effects of treatment do not appear until many years after remission, making the cancer experience a life-long journey.Here at Camp Anuenue, we believe our program is vital in providing a community of understanding and support where children can heal together. We hope that this experience will provide the encouragement and confidence to not let cancer restrict or define their lives.Camp Anuenue is open to children ages 7-18 who have or have had cancer and live in Hawaii (all islands). We also accept children from U.S. territories in the Pacific including Guam, Saipan, Samoa and Marshall Islands. We have campers who are in active treatment as well as long-time survivors who continue to receive medical attention from our doctors and nurses.
Camp Anuenue is located on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu. The grounds of Camp Mokule’ia provide a peaceful backdrop for a magical weeklong experience.After waking up in a beachside cabin, campers spend the day participating in activities of their choice ranging from swimming in the pool or ocean, flying down the zipline to harnessing their creative energy at arts and crafts. The environment encourages events that strengthen relationships including singing songs around the campfire, spending mealtimes together in the cafeteria and engaging all age groups in Ohana team-building exercises.
Although fun is the primary focus of the week, there are times when the very real and difficult emotions need to be addressed. The serene atmosphere of Camp Mokule’ia is one of the best environments for these therapeutic moments. While sad, these serious times allow our campers and staff to build lifelong bonds in one short week.