Cancer battle forces family of six to split between Maui, Oahu

KHON2 is once again partnering with Keiki O Ka Aina for our Laulima Giving Program. Every day, we'll share a story of a family or someone who may be going through a rough time and could use some help this holiday season.

This young family of six moved from Maui to Oahu a few years ago for work, but then Dad's father on Maui was diagnosed with stage four cancer, although he kept working on his farm.  

On a visit this summer, Mom noticed her father-in-law in pain. They took him to the doctor who said he had a fractured hip, then surgery revealed the cancer spread into his bones.

Two months ago, Dad moved back to Maui to be with his father and take care of the farm, which isn't for income, but provides food for the family and church functions, and Dad did just find a job.

Mom is finishing up college on Oahu, just four classes away from a double major.

Some bills have had to go unpaid but they're doing what they're called to do with their love of family and family ties holding them together.

Their 1-year-old daughter loves the dirt, singing, books, and toys.

Their 3-year-old daughter loves ballet, gymnastics, cooking, and pink. She could use shoes and a raincoat.

Their 7-year-old son is into soccer, musical instruments, and drawing. He could use play clothes, a lunch box and water bottle.

Their 15-year-old son loves basketball, the Lakers, drawing, and dance. He could use basketball-type shorts and maybe a nice going-out outfit.

Dad loves basketball too, but he's a Boston Celtics fan. He could use clothes.

As for Mom, she loves essential oils and yoga, so it would be a treat to be able to attend a yoga or meditation class.

She could use pots and pans, cooking utensils, basic household paper goods, and maybe clothes for church.

To help, click here and use the ohana code LS-448.

If you need assistance this holiday season, or want more information on the Laulima Giving Program, please call (808) 393-4981 or email

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