Thursday, August 7, 2008

Lawmakers honor advocates for victims of domestic violence

State Representative John Mizuno (District 30 - Kamehameha Heights, Kalihi Valley, Fort Shafter), advocates against domestic violence, and family members of Janel Tupuola will present a Legislative certificate to Big City Diner for their commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
1:00 p.m.

Big City Diner – Pearlridge Shopping Center
98-211 Pali Momi Street, Aiea, HI 96701

Big City Diner will be hosting an all-day fundraiser event Tuesday, August 19, wherein a percentage of all purchased menu items will be donated to the "Janel Tupuola's Keiki Fund" to benefit Janel's five children. Janel Tupuola, 30, was bludgeoned to death with the butt of a shotgun in January. Police charged Janel Tupuola's former boyfriend, Alapeti Siuanu Tunoa, Jr., with second-degree murder.

On behalf of the family, Diamond Badajos, Janel's cousin, issued the following statement: We, the humbled family of Janel Tupuola, are eternally grateful for the gracious contributions from the community. With our combined efforts, we will instill in the children the ability to conquer adversity, the faith in family as an undeterred support system and open their minds to the realities and outcomes of dreaming big; every mother's greatest desire.

"It is very encouraging to recognize advocates and heroes who champion the support and assistance for victims of domestic violence. We are all humbled by Big City Diner's humanitarian effort in helping families of domestic violence," said Rep. Mizuno.

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