Make-A-Wish Hawaii celebrates 40 years of making ill keiki happier

  • Sarah Kleinhans watches as her son Addison climbs back aboard Bite Me 2 Monday in Kealakekua Bay. Nine-year-old Addison, who was diagnosed at age 5 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and family spent nearly a week exploring Hawaii Island through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Addison Kleinhans snorkels Monday in Kealakekua Bay. Nine-year-old Addison, who was diagnosed at age 5 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and family spent nearly a week exploring Hawaii Island through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • From left, Bite Me Sportfishing deckhand Allen Perry, Addison Kleinhans, Kip Kleinhans, and Bite Me Sportfishing Capt. Brian Wargo hold up a big eye tuna they caught Monday in waters off the Kona coast. Addison, a 9-year-old who was diagnosed at age 5 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and family spent nearly a week exploring Hawaii Island through the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2014. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Kleinhans family gets ready to snorkel at Kealakekua Bay on Monday following a day of fishing aboard Bite Me 2 off the Kona coast. Nine-year-old Addison, who was diagnosed at age 5 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and family spent nearly a week exploring Hawaii Island through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Addison Kleinhans, deckhand Allen Perry, rear, and Bite Me Sportfishing Capt. Brian Wargo, left, stand alongside a 101-pound big eye tuna Addison caught Monday in waters off the Kona coast. Nine-year-old Addison, who was diagnosed at age 5 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and family spent nearly a week exploring Hawaii Island through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Make-A-Wish Hawaii was organized and founded on Sept.15, 1982, by Jack Stanford, left, a businessman with a passion for serving the community. MAWH granted its very first wish in 1983 to Albert Ackerman, right, a 10-year-old boy from Hilo diagnosed with leukemia who dreamed of visiting Disneyland with his family. (Make-A-Wish Hawaii/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Make-A-Wish recipient Camryn, left, smiles with her mother, Jessica, during the construction of her sensory room.

  • Make-A-Wish recipient Camryn of Hilo enjoys the ball pit in her new sensory room. (Make-A-Wish Hawaii/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Make-A-Wish Hawaii is celebrating its 40th anniversary of granting over 1,500 local wishes and assisting with 17,000 wishes from kids from mainland chapters.