MDA-Hawaii Appreciates "Go to Guy"

Jennifer Li
Jennifer Li
Ardie Kepo'o
Ardie Kepo'o

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A stand-out volunteer has been a stable force for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Hawaii, for the past quarter-century.

Warm greetings always welcome Ardie Kepo'o, and his wife, Stella, at the MDA's Honolulu office along Kapiolani Boulevard.

And why not.

For MDA-Hawaii, Ardie is their ''Go To Guy."

''The great thing about Ardie is he's always there for MDA," says Jennifer Li of the MDA-Hawaii. ''When ever we need him, whatever needs to be done. The list is just so long, I can't say enough good things about him."

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has been around since 1950.

Ardie, has been around almost half that time -- doing it all from moving equipment to helping with summer camp.

He gives credit to his upbringing.

''My dad taught me a long time ago, to show Aloha," says Ardie. ''And the way to show Aloha is helping people."

Ardie, used to volunteer for a number of organizations -- but, stuck with MDA.

And it paid off.

He looked to offer help.

And instead, found love.

''After we got to know each other as friends, at first, we got a little more serious and thought, Wow, this person is special. From there, that was it. Ah!" laughs Ardie.

He and wife stella, have been married now, for 17 years.

''It's important to me that we are trying to help these special individuals and what they have," explains Ardie. ''It's another extension of showing your love to people."

Which there can never be enough.