Revered for his smooth yet eccentric style, Buttons set new standards for progressive surfing. Photo: Maassen
About two months ago, surfing legend "Buttons" fight against lung cancer began.
It had already spread all over his body.
"We wanted to explore all possibilities that we can to fight this battle and to conquer it," Kaluhiokalani's wife Hiriata Hart said.
He was then admitted to Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica California to fight the disease with a holistic approach.
Adding to the problem, doctors found Buttons also had pneumonia....Please see the entire story and interview with Makua Rothman. GO HERE
"He started radiation to try to shrink the tumor that was inoperable to get him comfortable," Hart said.
She said he was supposed to get strong enough to make the journey home.
"He was in good spirits last night and told me and my daughter that he loved both of us and was coherent and could talk so we didn't see such a huge decline when we left the hospital last night," Hart said.
But, Buttons didn't make it.
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