On January 29th, Pua Wong (23), daughter of Wallace and Malia Wong, was involved in a serious accident on Mauna Kea mountain on her home island of Hawaiʻi. She was with family and friends when she slid down a snowy hill on a boogie board and crashed, suffering extensive injuries including numerous broken bones and a severe head injury. She was unresponsive and transported to Hilo Medical Center, where she received excellent care. Because of her injuries and trauma to her head, she had to be medevaced to the Queen’s Medical Center ICU that night to receive further care. Her dad and boyfriend (Kawika Roman) are currently by her side on Oʻahu as she undergoes multiple surgeries to address her injuries.
Pua, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi (’15) and California Baptist University (’19), is known far and wide by family and friends as an outgoing, caring, and active young woman. She was an all-star on the CBU water polo team and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Pua is currently a college and career readiness teacher at Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School on Hawaiʻi island. She spends her Wednesday nights volunteering for the Hope Services Hawaiʻi Street Medicine program, where she helps to provide basic medical services to homeless and families. Pua does all this while studying for the MCAT with hopes of attending medical school so she can continue her passion for serving her community through medicine.
Pua also has a deep love for the ocean and is a regular at Honoliʻi beach, her home surf break. When she’s not working, volunteering, or surfing, she’s exploring the island and spending time with her loved ones. Anyone who meets Pua would agree that she has an undeniably warm and beautiful smile and an infectious aloha spirit. She’s simply one of the most lively people you could ever meet and this accident has truly shocked her family and friends. With a long road to recovery, your support, love, and prayers would be much appreciated.
We send our deepest gratitude to the many civilians who ran to her aid and assisted without hesitation. We especially want to thank those individuals who gave up their blankets, clothes, and other items to keep her warm and stabilize her injuries while emergency help arrived. Without their selfless efforts, Pua’s condition could have been much worse. ʻO kou aloha kai ʻoi aʻe.
Any donations received will go to the Wong ʻOhana to assist with the significant medical and other financial expenses that will be incurred to help Pua recover. While she remains in critical condition, we are optimistic that Pua's strong and fighting nature, along with the support from all who love her, will carry her through this extremely difficult time.
Mahalo for all your aloha, prayers, and support. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to donate, please share this link.
- Patricia Boland
- Nancy Brown
- Evan Fourie
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