Fundraiser set for injured bicyclist

Ivy Pescador
Ivy Pescador
Sharon Kawakami
Sharon Kawakami

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An Oahu bicyclist who nearly died after a car hit him more than two months ago will finally be heading home soon.

Robert Kawakami of Pearl City is now a paraplegic.

He's at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, slowly gaining strength again.

Robert's family says he's expected to go home October 1st.

Among the injuries he's recovering from: a torn aorta, two collapsed lungs, a crushed spinal cord, and bleeding in the brain.

The accident happened on June 29th in Pearl City, as Robert was riding his bike to work.

"The eyewitness said that she saw his body fly up in the air higher than a stop sign," said Robert's daughter, Ivy Pescador.

"It's so hard to see your loved one become so disabled," said his wife, Sharon Kawakami. "I mean he was so strong and healthy and all of a sudden this accident turned everything topsy turvy."

Robert's friends are holding a fundraiser to help pay for his medical bills and the modifications to his home.

It's on Sunday, September 27th at Ige's restaurant in Aiea from 4:00 to 9:00 PM.

Tickets are $50 dollars per adult and $20 per child.

For ticket information, contact Ivy Pescador at or call 626-1719.

Donations can also be made at Aloha Pacific Credit Union in the name of Robert S. Kawakami.