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.



Cory Tumpap was a hero although he will never know it.

Cory was a 15 year-old high school student from Wailuku on Maui. He was an athlete, artist, lover of video games and paintball. He had many friends and a full life ahead of him when he died suddenly from an asthma attack. Cory made the decision to be an organ donor when he signed up for his driver’s permit. He saved the lives of four people in Hawaii because of his generous donation.

Sarah was a 17 year-old student at Kealakehe High School, where she was student body president. Sarah was often described as a “social butterfly” and was active in water polo, swimming, cross-country and track. Her giving nature was an inspiration to others, and the spirit of her generosity continued after her sudden death in 2005.

In an essay she had written for her National Honor Society scholarship, Sarah wrote: “I am the one to whom much was given. Much may be expected of me, and I may be obliged to give back. But I don’t see giving as an obligation or an expectation. Giving back is a part of my nature.”

Because of Sarah’s generous donation, four people who would have otherwise died were given a second chance. Her donation also provided two people with the gift of sight, and an ailing youngster with a heart valve which has saved that child from future heart complications.

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