Baby Named Lief after Nissan Leaf

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 was anything but normal for Lori Kohara and Kyle Shimoda, who were expecting their second baby.

“I had contractions the night before so I couldn’t sleep the night before,” Kohara said.

She knew the baby was coming that day.

“In our birthing class they told us treat it like any other day,” she said.

And that’s what they did, Kohara working from home throughout the day.

Picking up the Leaf in Wolverton early in the morning (Image: T. Larkum)

A similar Nissan Leaf (Image: T. Larkum)

Kohara said it was her last day of work before maternity leave. She thought she had another two weeks to prepare for the baby.

“I finished my last meeting at 4 p.m., and I told Kyle [my husband], I’ll hop in the shower and then we’ll head to the hospital,” she said.

They grabbed their things and walked to the car. Kohara’s dad driving while the couple sat in the back seat.

“Maybe about three minutes after we left, my water breaks, and I’m like ‘oh my goodness,’ Kohara said.

“The first thing that goes through my mind is there goes the seat,” Kyle Shimoda said laughing.

The family got on the freeway at Kahala, but didn’t make it far.

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