WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii News Now has a heartwarming update to a story about an Oahu egg farm that was ripped off by thieves right before Easter.
The Wahiawa family received a surprise donation worth thousands of dollars on Saturday.
The family business, Petersons' Upland Farm, has been around for more than a hundred years.
A Good Samaritan, who is used to serving the community in a different way, decided to help after hearing the loss may put the family out of business.
"It was a significant investment for us, and to lose it, I don't know if we'll be able to make another one," Assistant Business Manager Christopher Peterson said back in March.
"It means a lot to us if we can continue so if we can get it back," Farm Manager Sharon Peterson Cheape, said also back in March.
Their truck, trailer, and custom-made, hand-welded chicken cages were stolen from their property less than three weeks before Easter.
It set the family back $30,000. But more importantly, without the cages that fit perfectly in their chicken house, they weren't sure if they could even operate.
Until, Major Kerry Inouye with the Honolulu Police Department stepped in.
"The Petersons' farm is a family run business, they've been in operation for more than 100 years, and so I was very, very much by Sharon's plight," Inouye said.
That's when Major Inouye turned to his good friend, Glen Kuniyoshi and his family, who have been welders for decades.
"It just broke my heart that this might actually jeopardize their company from existing, and I just couldn't let that happen," Kuniyoshi said.
But, the Peterson family weren't in on one little secret.
"She doesn't know that everything is for free," Kuniyoshi said.
"So we're gonna have to announce it to her soon that the materials were paid for by Major Inouye, we're gonna donate all the labor," he said.
About 200 customers a day visit Petersons' Upland Farm to get fresh eggs. Sharon says this donation is priceless.
"I'm just really overwhelmed," Sharon said.
"It's wonderful to know that there's so many wonderful people in the community who come to buy eggs and they were all giving money for it. And then for Glen, and Major Kerry and Glen's family and all his workers, it's overwhelming," she said.
The cages took about two months to make that would have cost the Peterson's family about $10,000.