Diamond Badajos, the niece of Janel Tupuola, will host a special benefit event at the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park to celebrate Janel's life and to share an important message of family unity and love. The benefit will address domestic violence issues and its devastating effect.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park
400 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, HI 96707
"It is very encouraging to witness the fortitude and strength of Janel's children and family. They have conquered adversity through unity, courage and love, and we are all humbled that Janel's spirit lives well with her children," said Representative John Mizuno (District 30 – Kamehameha Heights, Kalihi Valley, Fort Shafter).
Background: On January 16, 2008, Janel Tupuola, 30, was bludgeoned to death by the butt of a shotgun. Police charged Janel Tupuola's former boyfriend, Alapeti Siuanu Tunoa, Jr., with second-degree murder. On behalf of Janel's family, Diamond Badajos issued this 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."