Kansas Native is Reunited with a Sister She Never Knew

Many times adoptees are separated at birth and never even know about the existence of future born siblings. In other related scenarios, a search for one long lost loved one can reveal another unknown relative.

Imagine you were searching for your birth mother for fifty years and during your search you find a younger sister you never knew existed. For LeiAloha Fowler, this scenario became a reality.

LeiAloha Fowler learned she was adopted at age 8 at which time she began a search to find her birth mother. She was only 3 months old when her mother Alice Correia, unmarried at the time, gave her up for adoption in Hawaii. “I always felt something was missing in my life,” Fowler said. “I kept waiting and trying to glean information from every person that my adoptive family knew. They wouldn’t tell me anything.”

Sometimes unfortunate situations can turn into new opportunities…

After many years of searching, Fowler discovered her mother’s death certificate and learned of her passing in 1993. What she did not expect was what she saw on the death certificate — a phone number belonging to another daughter of her late mother.

Bobbie Holcomb, Fowler’s sister, was born two years after Fowler following their mother’s new marriage. Holcomb knew she had an older sibling which was evident on her birth certificate, but without any name or personal information, she faced a dead end.

Fowler took initiative and immediately called the number on her mother’s death certificate. The number led to a woman who was in fact Fowler’s sister and the two instantly clicked. “I was shocked. I was taken back. I said you’ve got to be kidding me.” Fowler said. “Since then, we’ve been burning up the phone line.”

Fowler traveled from her Kansas home and the two finally met at Holcomb’s Sacramento residence. They shared emotional moments and as much information as they could trying to make up for lost time. They discovered that they both grew up in Hawaii and actually lived close to one another. Holcomb wondered if they passed each other on the street and didn’t know it.

Fowler told her sister she became a Polynesian dancer and performed in two Elvis Presley movies. When looking at the similarities between the two, Fowler said, “When you look at all the pictures of our relatives you can see the family resemblance. We both dance. We like the same foods. We like the same thing.”

Fowler and Holcombe are now permanently connected. Busy making up for lost time, the two locked hands and vowed to never let go. “We’re stuck together with crazy glue,” Holcomb said. Her older sister replied, “We’re going to be like that forever.”