Lifestyle - "Blessing In Disguise"

Everyone loves a feel good story that involves a group of people coming together to help those in need. One such story involves a Nanakuli woman whose home, located on Hawaiian Homelands property, is completely falling apart. Her residence became infested with termites, which completely destroyed the foundation of the house. If that wasn't bad enough, the Photo provided by Cheryl Larrua house also has black mold, cats and chickens living in it.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ~ Henry Ford

She moved out of her home because of these awful conditions, and after her friend, Cheryl Larrua, heard about it, she decided to take action. She contacted another friend of hers, a General Contractor, to come out to the property to access whether the residence could be saved. "He told me that the condition of the house was really bad and that it was not stable." He informed her that as long as they could stabilize the house, they could fix it. As soon as he saw the home he knew he wanted to volunteer. Shortly thereafter electricians and other contractors began to volunteer their time to help fix it. Together they were able to repair the foundation of the house so that it would be stable again. A local lumber company has also offered their help accepting only a 10% profit from each of the team's purchases. Since Cheryl and these incredible volunteers began the "Blessing in Disguise" project in January 2016 they have come a long way, but there is still so much more to do. They are currently seeking volunteers who have trucks that can help make trash runs to the dump. They would also greatly appreciate landscapers who would be willing to volunteer their time and services to help fix the surrounding property. If you are interested in volunteering your time to this selfless project, please contact Cheryl Larrua at cherylkealohalani@yahoo. com. You can also help the project by donating online at

Cheryl Larrua was born in Beaver, Pennsylvania, but moved to Mililani, Hawaii when she 11 years old. Her parents are Arnold and Barbara Schulmeister and she is the fourth born of five children. This phenomenal woman is not only stunningly gorgeous, but she also has an incredible heart and is extremely intelligent. She has a Masters in Education and is an Adjunct Professor for the Early Education Division at Chaminade University. She works as a pre-school teacher at Central Union Pre-School, is married to Brandon Larrua and is the proud mother of son, Rien, who is going to be 6 in July. Larrua is extremely active in the community, volunteering her time with multiple charities, helping upcoming entrepreneurs with support and encouragement in their business endeavors and is also the State Director of the Mrs. Hawaii Petite Pageant. Cheryl was crowned Mrs. Hawaii Petite USA in 2012 and has used her title to continue her charitable work within the community. Her favorite quote describes her character perfectly: "If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours!"