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Missing Waimanalo girl not forgotten on seventh birthday

LEILA FUJIMORI / LFUJIMORI@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Among those commemorating on Saturday the 7th birthday of missing Waimanalo girl Isabella Kalua, aka Ariel Sellers, was Mahina Ne, a 3-year-old Kaneohe girl wearing a purple dress. The Ne family, including mom Kanani, 27, and sister Maluhia, 8, and aunt Kuuipo, 29, (not pictured) hung a bag of teddy bears that says “Happy Birthday Ariel,” a 25-foot ti leaf lei and some Hawaiian flags along the fence near the Kaluas’ home.
                                “I have nieces and nephews and it was just so hard to hear this child is misssing. We still look for her on our own. My niece looks just like her and wants to look for her,” Kuuipo said.
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LEILA FUJIMORI / LFUJIMORI@STARADVERTISER.COM

Among those commemorating on Saturday the 7th birthday of missing Waimanalo girl Isabella Kalua, aka Ariel Sellers, was Mahina Ne, a 3-year-old Kaneohe girl wearing a purple dress. The Ne family, including mom Kanani, 27, and sister Maluhia, 8, and aunt Kuuipo, 29, (not pictured) hung a bag of teddy bears that says “Happy Birthday Ariel,” a 25-foot ti leaf lei and some Hawaiian flags along the fence near the Kaluas’ home.

“I have nieces and nephews and it was just so hard to hear this child is misssing. We still look for her on our own. My niece looks just like her and wants to look for her,” Kuuipo said.

LEILA FUJIMORI / LFUJIMORI@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Community members tied balloons and ribbons in Isabella’s favorite color, purple, and placed stuffed animals along the fence near the Kaluas’ home.
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LEILA FUJIMORI / LFUJIMORI@STARADVERTISER.COM

Community members tied balloons and ribbons in Isabella’s favorite color, purple, and placed stuffed animals along the fence near the Kaluas’ home.

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                A vigil was held Sept. 19 in Waimanalo for Isabella Kalua.
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

A vigil was held Sept. 19 in Waimanalo for Isabella Kalua.

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                                Isabella Kalua has been missing since Sept. 13
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Isabella Kalua has been missing since Sept. 13

LEILA FUJIMORI / LFUJIMORI@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Among those commemorating on Saturday the 7th birthday of missing Waimanalo girl Isabella Kalua, aka Ariel Sellers, was Mahina Ne, a 3-year-old Kaneohe girl wearing a purple dress. The Ne family, including mom Kanani, 27, and sister Maluhia, 8, and aunt Kuuipo, 29, (not pictured) hung a bag of teddy bears that says “Happy Birthday Ariel,” a 25-foot ti leaf lei and some Hawaiian flags along the fence near the Kaluas’ home.
                                “I have nieces and nephews and it was just so hard to hear this child is misssing. We still look for her on our own. My niece looks just like her and wants to look for her,” Kuuipo said.
LEILA FUJIMORI / LFUJIMORI@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Community members tied balloons and ribbons in Isabella’s favorite color, purple, and placed stuffed animals along the fence near the Kaluas’ home.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                A vigil was held Sept. 19 in Waimanalo for Isabella Kalua.
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Isabella Kalua has been missing since Sept. 13