An Outpouring Of The Aloha Spirit

Dear Pamela,

We would like to acknowledge the good Samaritans who rendered aid to us at a car accident at the intersection of Ho‘olaulea and Moanalua. Even under the stressful circumstances, we were aware and comforted by the outpouring of the aloha spirit. A heart-felt thanks to first responders, police, on-the-spot caregivers and the ER staff at Pali Momi. Mahalo to two fellows (one named K. Oshiro) for their compassion and assurance: “No worry, Aunty, no worry Uncle, everything will be OK.”

Our profound appreciation and APPLAUSE for all the selfless acts of kindness. May you all be blessed with an abundance of God’s graces!

Jacob, Rosita and Kysen Hueu
Pearl City

Dear Hueu family,

We were not able to track down your on-the-spot care-givers, but we know who assisted you from Honolulu Emergency Services. “We are glad to hear that Mr. Hueu is recovered and his family is well,” says Shayne Enright of HESD. “City emergency medical services paramedic Eric Chiavetta and partner emergency medical technician Joy Nakahara responded to Mr. Heue’s car collision in Pearl City along with the good Samaritans who were more than willing to help. Thankfully, Mr. Hueu is a tough man and didn’t suffer any serious injuries. Have a happy new year!”

Aloha Pamela,

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I was not expecting any results when I misplaced my purse at Ala Moana Center. I called the security office because I wasn’t certain if I lost it or it was stolen. Within minutes, a man was there in front of Williams Sonoma to meet me. He helped me retrace my steps and eventually we found it at lost and found in Macy’s.

Thanks also to the honest person who found it under the table at Starbucks and turned it in. I was so frazzled I did not get the name of the security man, but I want him to know I so appreciate his calm and comforting manner.

Eunice Kimura

Dear Eunice,

The staff at Ala Moana is always appreciative of positive feedback.

“Thank you so much for your kind words,” says Francis Cofran, Ala Moana senior general manager. “Our goal is always to provide an excellent experience for our customers, and we are glad that we were able to assist. Thank you again for shopping at Ala Moana Center. We wish you and your family a very happy new year.”

Dear Pamela,

I am a retired senior who frequently spends my morning sipping green tea at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Pearl City. Additionally, I often volunteer for nonprofit organizations. I find it rewarding to do things for others. One day, as I stood in line for my green tea latte, the lady in front of me used her filled punch card to “purchase” my drink for me. I was speechless. I have never been on the receiving end in this manner, and it felt so good. I talked about it for days with family and friends.

I regret not expressing my gratitude more than a mere thank you. Her act of kindness caught me off guard. I wish this person a prosperous new year. Much aloha and mahalo nui loa.

Norman Kubota
Pearl City

Dear Norman,

What goes around comes around. Now you know what the recipients of your kindness are feeling when you volunteer at your nonprofits. Your anonymous angel scored a free drink on her card and could have kept it for next time, but she shared her good fortune with you. Your sharing of this experience with family, friends and now the readers of MidWeek inspires us to pass on our blessings.

If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96813. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.