Hilo Angel Gabriel… “Our Angel Gabe”

Seven years ago without fanfare an inspiration, an angel, came to be born in Hawaii. His parents named him Gabriel.

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Gabriels parents Keiko and Clinton met at work in Hilo Hawaii and knew from the start that they wanted to spend their lives together and raise a family. Not long after being married Keiko became pregnant. Now even before Gabriel, or Gabe as his parents call him, was born Keiko felt that the person growing inside of her was going to be special in some way.

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For the first few months of life Gabriel was a healthy little boy. But at around 6 months his parent felt that something was not quite right and thus began a journey that is still going on today of hospitals and tests and uncertainty but most of all a journey of love, devotion and inspiration that has filled not only their hearts but the hearts and souls of people all over the world with a multitude of emotions.

Over the years doctors have explored many options for dealing with Gabes condition a condition which has yet to be nailed down but recent genetic testing has everyone thinking that just maybe this is all a result of an abnormality on a single gene. Just one missing link in the strand of life has left Gabe confined to a wheelchair but that has not stopped him from living life or his parents from interacting with him in the same way all parents interact with their children.

Gabe and Ohana "Hanging Outside"

Gabe and Ohana "Hanging Outside"

Gabes condition did prompt Keiko and Clinton to move from Hilo to Volcano. Clinton designed the house to meet Gabes needs and over the course of a year working evenings and on weekends Keiko and Clinton built it. The house has extra large openings everywhere to accommodate Gabes wheelchair, from the open kitchen and dining area to the hallway to the bathroom. Gabes younger brother Eli loves the openness of the house and also enjoys pushing his older brother around in his wheelchair. There is a swing set on the porch that the whole family can enjoy together and a large driveway where they can laugh and play and even the family dogs can join in on the fun.

At times, the routine can seem overwhelming but Keiko and Clinton have family, friends and church that help when they can and recently they also set up a small web page and a twitter account. They were all amazed by the tweets, emails and cards that they got in the mail on Gabes 7th birthday. There really are people in the world who care and who are moved by Gabe and his family.

To this day Gabes parents remain in awe of the support shown by people from all over the world and are humbled by their generosity and empowered by their kind words.

Keiko and Clinton could not imagine any other life. This is what they know and this is what they do as all parents should for their children. They continue to look for answers and are not sure what those answers will bring but they do know that they live with an angel whose smile could melt an iceberg and they would not have it any other way.

For more information Gabe and his Ohana, please visits their website here.

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