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Aloha United Way helps families stay out of poverty

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Cindy Adams, left, president and CEO of Aloha United Way, and Ona Salis embrace. Earlier, Salis shared his story about how he and his four siblings were homeless as children after his father was unable to work due to a brain tumor. His life has changed thanks to Aloha United Way funding, housing through Habitat for Humanity and financial literacy through Hawaiian Community Assets.

    DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Cindy Adams, left, president and CEO of Aloha United Way, and Ona Salis embrace. Earlier, Salis shared his story about how he and his four siblings were homeless as children after his father was unable to work due to a brain tumor. His life has changed thanks to Aloha United Way funding, housing through Habitat for Humanity and financial literacy through Hawaiian Community Assets.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Ona Salis, top left, last month shared his story about living in public housing with his family when he was younger. Peter Buffett (seated in front on the right in an olive green shirt), son of Warren Buffett and co-president of the NoVo Foundation, listened to Salis speak.

    DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Ona Salis, top left, last month shared his story about living in public housing with his family when he was younger. Peter Buffett (seated in front on the right in an olive green shirt), son of Warren Buffett and co-president of the NoVo Foundation, listened to Salis speak.

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