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Hawaii News | Lee Cataluna

The gift: A beautiful son, the challenges of autism and abiding love

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Ola Souza and her son, Haku, 11, navigate the challenges of autism together. Souza says, “Haku’s not dumb. He gets so overloaded by sensory information that it can make it harder for him to concentrate.”

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Haku brought an apple for his teacher on his first day of fifth grade at Aina Haina Elementary School on Aug. 2.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Haku Souza works with special physical education teacher Ryan Segawa. Haku’s mother, Ola Souza, credits Segawa with dramatically enhancing Haku’s abilities and experiences at school. Souza does about 50 jumps on a jump rope exercise and enjoys basketball. His mother, below left, encourages her son during PE class.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    11 year old Haku Souza who has autism and has both struggles and triumphs this is his special PE with Coach Ryan Segawa which his mother Ola credits with dramatically enhancing his abilities and experiences at school. Haku greets his mom, Ola, in the middle of exercises.

Haku Souza is one of the most popular kids in his school. He’s tall, athletic, polite and soft-spoken. Girls fight over who gets to have him in their group during class projects. His teachers speak of him with such fondness and admiration. Read more

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