Tekauri Tanaka's Road to Recovery

Aloha mai kākou. My name is Pukanalā Llanes, and I am Kalā Baybayan Tanaka's younger sister and Daniel Tanaka's sister in law. My father and I, Kālepa Baybayan, have started this gofundme account on behalf of my 5-year old nephew Tekaurinuiotekaupapawaka Tanaka.

On Thursday, January 29th, Tekauri, son of Kalā and Daniel, was diagnosed with a fast growing tumor on the base of his brain. Kalā and Tekauri were both medevaced to Kapiolani Hospital and this weekend Tekauri underwent an 8-hour surgical procedure to remove the tumor. He has since undergone a full body MRI to detect if the tumor has spread to other parts of his body and is awaiting a pathology report. They are beginning speech and motor skills therapy and he will undergo another MRI and CT exam towards the end of the week.

Daniel is a Resource Manager Technician with Mauna Kahalawai Watershed Partnership  and Kalā is working on her Master in Education degree and is a Hōkūle’a navigator. She will resume her studies once Tekauri has recovered. 5-year old Tekauri is in kindergarten at Waihe’e Elementary School. They reside in Wailuku, Maui, along with their 9-year old son Kalae’ula and their 2-year old daughter, Kamani.

All donations will be used to assist with Tekauri’s medical expenses and other costs associated with his treatment. We are hopeful and optimistic for his continued improvement. Mahalo to all of you that have supported Tekauri with love, prayers, and offers of help. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Please share this link with your networks.

Donations (809)

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  • Cathy Davenport
    • $50 
    • 7 mos
  • Christopher Brosius
    • $25 
    • 8 mos
  • Tabitha Tatum
    • $25 
    • 8 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Eric Cafferio
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
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Organizer and beneficiary

Pukanala Llanes
Wailuku, HI
Paanaakala Tanaka

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