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Widow of Fallen Police Officer Organizes Fundraiser for Schools

Barbara Favela Barbara Favela
Keahi Favela Keahi Favela

By Minna Sugimoto

EWA BEACH (KHNL) -- The widow of a fallen Honolulu police officer channels her energy into a fun-filled event to help others.

Barbara Favela is putting together a fundraiser for Holomua Elementary and the Cole Academy. The schools were there for her young children during difficult times.

Keahi Favela knows his mother counts on him. At eight years old, he's the oldest child of fallen Honolulu police officer Steve Favela.

"I help my mom water the grass and take out the trash, even with my baby brother," Keahi said.

So it's no surprise he's helping her organize a fundraiser that will benefit two Oahu schools.

"I helped my mom plan it, uh huh," he said proudly. "There's going to be fire trucks. There's going to be ambulance. The Coast Guard might even bring the helicopter."

The First Annual Steve Favela Family Fun Run and Safety Fair honors the solo bike officer, and will feature a two-kilometer run, snacks, games and prizes.

"He's not here with us, but he'll always be in our community's memory if we have something like this going on," Barbara Favela, officer's widow, said. "And, you know, it's getting a lot easier. We're doing ok."

The 30-year-old died last November, after he crashed his motorcycle while taking part in the Presidential motorcade at Hickam Air Force Base.

He left behind four children. The youngest just turned one.

"It's been hard, but I think we've come a long way," Barbara Favela said. "This run itself is a really big part of our healing."

The family hopes at least 500 runners will participate.

"Why do you think people should get excited about it?" this reporter asked Keahi.

"All the games and how hard we worked on it," he replied.

Now how can you say no to that?

The Fun Run and Safety Fair will take place Saturday, November 10th.  For more information and to register, click on the Steve Favela link.

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