HAUULA, Oahu (KITV4) - This holiday season, KITV4 is once again partnering with Helping Hands Hawaii and its Adopt-a-Family Program -- to bring some cheer to families who could use a little help this year. KITV4's Cynthia Yip was with the Takemoto Ohana in Hauula Homestead with the hope to help adopt this family for the Holidays.
"I want to build my relationship with my kids because they don't have a father and I have a hard time making ends meet with all the chaos," says Cynthia Takemoto, who is a single mother of three.
Her kids are Bricyn who is 11-years-old, and Alexia, 13, and Angela, 7. Cynthia lives at her family home in Hauula Homestead.
She says it's "hard to raise my kids. It's really difficult. And I only have my parents to help me out. We don't have electrical here, so we're having a hard time just making ends meet."
The home also does not have a bathroom.
Cynthia explains that she has to boil hot water to shower. "I go to use the bathroom and I have to run to the bathroom all the time. It's really difficult."
Cynthia is a recovering drug addict. 4-years-ago, because of the addiction, her kids were taken from her. But now clean, Cynthia got her 3 kids back, and all she wants now is to give them some joy for the Holidays. Their wish list is simple, the family likes Nike and gift cards would be appreciated so they can pick out what they want.
For Cynthia, this season is about gratitude and being with family.
"I'm so grateful I have my parents with me, because it is not easy. Without my parents help, I would have nothing."
If you want to adopt the Cynthia Takemoto Ohana this holiday season, contact Helping Hands Hawaii at 808-536-7234 extension 820.
Cynthia is an award-winning journalist who returned to Hawaii as an Anchor/Reporter/MMJ from Houston. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a B.A. and M.B.A. DM her on IG @CynthiaYipTV to share stories.