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Good Samaritans Help Kīhei Boy After Hoverboard Crash

September 22, 2017, 9:24 AM HST
* Updated September 23, 7:59 AM
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It all began on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 16.

Edward Oliveira was on his way home with his friend after having lunch a few blocks away at McDonald’s in Kīhei.

Edward was leading the way on his hoverboard and his friend, Kai Ward, was riding his scooter close behind.

Just as Edward realized he was going too fast and tried to slow down, he took a spill, hitting his head on his friend’s scooter wheel. It was bleeding pretty badly.

Two visitors who were driving by stopped immediately to help him. They put a towel on his bleeding head and called 911. The couple wanted to make sure Edward didn’t have a concussion.


“I was shopping at Times,” said Simone Oliveira, Edward’s mother. “When Edward’s friend called me, I rushed to the scene of the accident. It took only a few more minutes for Maui firemen to arrive—then the police and the paramedics. They came in less than 10 minutes of the call.”


“The couple was so happy they helped our son and we were so grateful,” said Simone. “But they left before we had a chance to ask their names.”

When Edward got home, he said he was sure he was going to be the “Good News Story of the Day” on 99.9 KISS FM.

“Edward and I listen to Ed and Charly every morning on our way to school,” said Simone. “We live in Kīhei and he goes to Saint Anthony, so we have a long drive.”


Ed Kanoi and Charly Espina Takahama on The Morning Kiss, 99.9 KISS FM weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m., have a feature each morning at 7:05 a.m. called the “Good News Story of the Day”—”cool people doing very cool things.”

So early Monday morning on their way to school, the first thing they did was tune into The Morning Kiss.

“He was so disappointed,” said Simone. “My husband, Eduardo, said to me, why don’t you call the station?”

And she did.

“My husband decided to come with us to school that morning just so he could hear the news and watch Edwards’s face,” said Simone. “Edward was so happy and surprised to be on ‘The Good News Story of the Day!’ He even made a video.”

“Edward was the star at school that day,” said Simone. “You know, the kids listen to The Morning Kiss show on their way to school, so everybody heard him on the radio!”

“After all the worrisome news these days, everyone loves hearing a good news story,” said Charly. “We’ve had a great response from our listeners who just want to hear some positive and uplifting stories. Since we started this feature about two years ago, we have never not been able to find one.  And that’s a good thing! We especially enjoy hearing about good things that happen right here in our Maui community.

“We are so lucky to be able to listen to the happy story of the day—stories that have a happy ending,” said Simone. “You make our day happier every morning,” Simone said in an email to the morning hosts. “Keep up with the great job!”

If you have a good news story, be sure to share it with Charly and Ed at (808) 877-5477 (877-KISS), message them on Facebook or send an email to [email protected]

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