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Housing, health care woes offer precarious future for ‘Mango Man’

  • Star-Advertiser video by Diane S. W. Lee and Dennis Oda / dlee@staradvertiser.com, doda@staradvertiser.com

    The Windward community has raised over $13,000 in a Gofundme campaign to help pay for a portion of the housing expenses for formerly homeless veteran John Cruz, also known as "Mango Man."

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    John Cruz and landlord/caretaker Frank Medrano are pictured in Cruz’s bedroom. The 79-year-old Medrano is experiencing early signs of dementia and says he needs to find a longer-term housing and health care arrangement for Cruz, whom he can no longer lift or carry.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    John Cruz, also known as Mango Man, wheels himself from the kitchen/living room area to his bedroom in Kahaluu. Cruz is in a wheelchair after losing his left leg to infection. He receives $1,800 monthly in Veterans Affairs benefits, which pays for room and board and other daily services provided by his caretaker and landlord, Frank Medrano.

John Cruz — better known as Mango Man during the decades he spent as a fixture along Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe and later along Hamakua Drive in Kailua — now lives a simple, quiet life in Kahaluu. Read more

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