Musician who had nine guitars stolen gets donation from fellow Vietnam vet

Lopaka Brown with guitar given to him by Tommy D.
Lopaka Brown with guitar given to him by Tommy D.

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii musician who recently had all of his guitars stolen in a burglary at his home says he is "flabbergasted" by the outpouring of support.

Hawaii News Now did a story Tuesday about the break-in at Lopaka Brown's home. After the piece aired, the newsroom was inundated with phone calls and e-mails from generous viewers wanting to help.

Brown met one of them Wednesday and received a guitar as a gift. It means he'll be able to perform this Saturday as scheduled.

The Vietnam veteran, who battled alcoholism and post traumatic stress disorder, says playing music is his therapy. He performs free of charge, asking audiences to donate money to veterans organizations instead.

Someone broke into his West Loch home last Friday and stole all nine of his guitars, a laptop computer and a cell phone.

The viewer who donated the guitar -- Tommy D -- is a fellow musician and Vietnam vet.

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