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Performer’s stolen wheelchair replaced amid outpouring of offers

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Raymond Sonnie Tavita, 23, a Kalihi man whose wheelchair was stolen last week, received two donated wheelchairs Wednesday during a news conference at the state Capitol. A public plea for the return of his chair Monday by Rep. John Mizuno resulted in the donation. Pictured are: Mizuno, left; Tavita; his girlfriend Sally Ilustrado embracing his mother Cece Pita; Shriners Hospitals for Children representative Mark Leo; and Rep. Matt LoPresti.

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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

State Rep. John Mizuno has been working with Raymond Sonnie Tavita, 23, to help locate his wheelchair, a recent gift from his brother. Mizuno held a news conference Monday, asking for the return of the wheelchair. Instead, some 40 offers to donate one were received, including wheelchairs donated by the owners of Aloha Kia and The Cab, and an electric one by Yvonne Whitehead. Tavita enlisted the help of Mizuno in performing a card trick Monday.