Three residents walking across Oahu to honor veterans

Tofi Mika Jr.
Tofi Mika Jr.

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three Oahu residents are almost finished with their grueling journey to raise funds for wounded warriors.

The adventure began on Sunday at Yokohama Bay and took them to the windward side Tuesday morning.

Two of the volunteers take turns driving the escort car carrying supplies and safety gear.

The 135-mile walk across Oahu was inspired by Sualauvi Tuimalealiifano.

He is paralyzed from the neck down after a Taliban attack in Afghanistan.

"They're in the hot sun carrying 80 pounds of gear on them. I think this is really a cake walk. Although we're hurting right now but when all is said and done, those guys are still making big sacrifices," said walker Tofi Mika, Jr.

The goal is to collect $20,000 in time for Veterans Day.

The finish line will be at the Oahu Veterans Center in Foster Village.

"It's to remember our veterans, our disabled veterans. What they have done to allow us to be here in this great place we call home," said walker John Cummings III.

"It has been so rewarding and it feels really good just to do it because we've been receiving so much of the public support," said walker Yvette Lee.

The trio will stop at the State Capitol for a Veterans Day rally Wednesday.

That starts at 3:30 PM.