Beautiful Friends from Japan

Ten years ago in 2003 by chance I met Akihiko and Chiaki Aoki from Japan while visiting Hawaii in Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore. Akihiko was the first chair user I met in everyday life. Being new to my own injury he opened my eyes to the possibilities of my new life with demonstrating car transfers, the ability to drive, and travel abroad; and also at the option of marriage post injury.

Last week Akihiko and Chiaki returned for vacation here in Oahu and we had a lovely time together. We traveled back to Oahu’s North Shore for coffee and Matsumoto’s shave ice and beautiful sightseeing of beaches and surf. We also stopped at the center of the island to see the “Birth Stones”. It was amazing and very spiritual experience.

The following day we enjoyed dinner in Waikiki’s International Market Place. It was so wonderful to reconnect and I look forward to visiting Japan soon! Aloha 🙂



About DamonBoiser

My name is Damon Boiser I'm an Extreme Athlete for Mogo Wheelchairs. In 2003 I was injured in a diving accident in Hawaii. I'm an SCI wheelchair user. I've never lost sight of the funnier side of life and always maintain an upbeat charge 'em attitude. I've found joy in surfing and swimming, as well as martial arts. I created the tournament division in the Karate in Hawaii and took gold. I've also discovered the exhilarating sport of skydiving and am completely hooked! I enjoy rappelling too. Anything extreme I'll give it a go! Drive and passion for life inspires us to continue to push our boundaries. Anything is possible.. Aloha

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