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    Posted February 29, 2012 by
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Leap Day photo challenge

    PuakeaJutka and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Leap day around the world
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    Leap of Friendship


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     PuakeaJutka of Honolulu, Hawaii, may not be able to jump on her own now because of illness, but two friends held her up so she could take a leap for leap day. 'Here is the report of my jump (kind of), but even this was a great achievement for me personally, I feel that today a won over the pain and the cruel illness,' she said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Because of my illness I am not able to jump on my own right now, in matter affect I hardly can walk, but that not means I cannot jump with the help of my Friends to celebrate Leap Year. I think just not to give up is a success itself and I hope that even this way I can  leap into a better four year ahead with full of hope. So we did it with the power of our so beautiful Aloha Spirit in my beloved Home Honolulu, Hawaii. My Ohana Family in the high rise where I am living helped me out that I could jump. (It was too dangerous for me to jump down even from a small wall what I actually planned, but my friends advised me not to do so.) The two gentlemen are (left) Chris Herndon, the General Manager and (right) William I. Samaritano Operations Manager of our beautiful Twin Towers, Discovery Bay in Honolulu Hawaii. But I also asked a friend, Math to jump for me. He is really a good jumper. This way I also can show a “real” jump of the leap year from Honolulu, Hawaii. With Meke Aloha! Thank You: PuakeaJutka


    Honolulu, Hawaii, February 29, 2012


    Photos by Jack Cheshir and Jutka T. Emoke Barabas


    Thank you Shari, my dearest Friend in Sri Lanka to give me every day so much strength and hope. I will make it with the help of my wonderful Friends around the Globe!
    Mahalo Nui Loa from Hawaii and Happy Leap Day!!!

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