Stories of Hope


 For 30 years, Legacy of Life Hawai'i has been blessed to work with thousands of donor families and transplant recipients across the islands. Many of them have shared their personal stories here to inspire others to register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. These stories celebrate the individual lives of donor heroes and the healing power of donation. Life is worth giving! 

To his family and friends, Steven Ginoza was an outgoing and active 28-year old, a beloved son and brother, a gift. To the transplant recipients whose lives he saved, he is a hero.

Lokelani had a sparkle in her eyes and a beautiful smile. She was a precious daughter and a cherished older sister. She loved to play volleyball and practice both ballet and tap dancing. Lokelani had many friends and a big heart.

Kekoa loved life. His big smile and his big bright eyes will live forever in the hearts of those who knew him. He was a very likeable child, a great story teller and a charmer.

To his family and friends, Randall Guadiz was a fun, loving and caring 41-year-old. A beloved husband, father of three beautiful children, son and brother, Randall was also a gift to the two transplant recipients whose lives he saved

In one year Sarah went from a happy bride-to-be to a patient at death’s door, all because her liver was failing. 

Jonathan Pons had a sweet heart and a gentle soul. Born in Marseille, France, Jonathan moved to Oahu with his mother when he was a young child to be close to 'Ohana.

Bronson “Duke” Nainoa De Rego from the island of Hawai‘i became an organ donor after a senseless tragedy took his life.Duke or “Dukie” as he was called by family and friends, was the youngest of seven children. He enjoyed life to the fullest, was always happy and smiling, and loved helping others.

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