Hawaii Reunion 60 Years In The Making

By Beth Hillyer

(KHNL) - After six and a half decades, a Waimanalo man is reunited with his long lost daughter.

She didn't know much more than his name, but by searching the internet Sherrie Drusbacky got a lead on her father in Hawaii.

After a few phone calls, she found him.

Jackie Bay Cadinha is nervous organizing a reunion this important.

"Today I am the official greeter of aloha to my long lost sister of 65 years," she told us.

When Roger Day was just 2 and living in Indiana he had a daughter, but the relationship didn't work out and he moved to Hawaii - losing all contact with the child.

"I work for Do Ho. I got a phone call at our office saying I had a long lost sister looking for my Dad who is 87," Cadinha said. "It was a big surprise and nice surprise."

Roger Bay waits patiently in his wheelchair.

"This is the whole reason she has lived this long and my dad has lived this long because I really believe this is meant to be," Candinha added.

Sherrie Drusbacky arrives.

"Hi Daddy," she told her long-lost father. "Gee, you are good looking. So I take after you!"

Sherrie explains it was tough growing up without a dad

"All my surgeries, all my heartaches I had growing up," Drusbacky said. "Whenever I hurt so bad I'd dream of him and he'd pick me up and carry me away and his face was blank

Finally a face after all. The resemblance is remarkable.

"Beautiful, gorgeous, even better than that. Great!" is how Roger Bay described his daughter.

Family members welcome sherrie with a hula.

They have a lot of catching up to do and Sherrie is anxious to meet her new island family.

"Mostly because of him, but the family I love them too. I love them all and I've never been happier in my whole life," she said.

Sherrie will attend the Don Ho show Sunday and spend the weekend catching up with her dad.