Laulima: Cancer survivor dreams of family photo

Today’s Laulima family is known for giving generously of their time and talents, even in the face of adversity that took them by surprise two years ago.

Mom and Dad give countless hours and energy volunteering in their community, giving to families, children and the sick, much of it through their church.

But the past two years have been difficult as dad was diagnosed with cancer. He is now a survivor and works at a hotel.

Mom is looking for work but has talent as a hula dancer, kapa maker and la’au lapa’au, working with medicinal plants.

They have three children, twin five-year-old boys and a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

They could use help with preschool tuition and would love for their boys to receive a scooter or bike for Christmas.

They also hope for a Christmas meal and dream of taking a family photo, especially now that dad’s health is better.

They would love to wear matching blue Aloha wear to celebrate, men’s medium for dad, women’s medium for mom, youth small Aloha shirts for the twin boys and size 2T for their daughter.

Mom and Dad would like to be able to attend cancer survivor couples counseling, so assistance by way of sponsorship would be appreciated.

They say no matter what, they are thankful for what they have.

In the spirit of laulima, or working together, you can make a difference for this family by providing a hand up, not a handout.

If you’d like to help this family, you can e-mail laulima@koka.org, call Keiki O Ka Aina at (808) 843-2502 or click here and use the ohana code: LS-010.

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