Hawaii woman touches hearts with special gift for grandparents

Updated: Mar. 27, 2017 at 4:58 PM HST
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(Image: Kahealani Paradis)
(Image: Kahealani Paradis)

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kahealani Paradis couldn't be more grateful to her grandparents.

So when a deal on a home came up recently on the Big Island, she knew what she had to do.

She cashed out her husband's retirement account and bought the two-bedroom house on a plot of land.

Then, she filmed her grandparents' reactions as she gave them the news: The house was theirs. A gift for all of their hard work, their love, their support.

Her grandmother was in disbelief, and can be seen crying tears of joy. At one point, she puts her head in her hands, overwhelmed.

Her grandfather appears more than a little stunned.

"My grandparents lived almost their entire lives with no electricity or running water. They persevered through hardships and never complained about what they didn't have. They've done so much for so many people and never expect anything in return," Paradis said, in a Facebook post with her video, which has since grabbed national headlines.

"This is something that I've been dreaming of doing for a very long time. I am beyond blessed to be able to make something like this happen for two of the most important people in my life."

Paradis' grandparents have been together for 46 years and have 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Paradis said she couldn't be more proud that her story has touched tens of thousands of people.

"Can't believe my story has touched hearts all over the globe," she said. "I am in awe."

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