A Boy’s Lesson In Responsibility

Dear Aunty Pamela,

My name is Kamalani Kekoolani and I’m 10 years old. I want to send out BIG APPLAUSE to the person who found my baseball bag at CORP field and turned it in to Jim Koishigawa of Cal Ripken (& Batter’s Box).

My mom and I were packing up after our potluck, and I left my bag by our van by mistake. I was so disappointed in myself because taking care of my equipment is my responsibility. My Aunty Tracy McConnell contacted the CORP office and my Aunty Jackie Sagum (our Team Mom) contacted Mr. Koishigawa, who told us that someone had turned in my bag. He made arrangements to meet my dad to get my bag.

I was so happy that my baseball bag was turned in and everything was there.

Unfortunately, we don’t know who turned in my bag. We’d like to send her (Mr. Koishigawa said it was a lady) a big mahalo and let her know how much I appreciate her honesty. Also, thank you to my coaches Regan Medeiros, Al Kaneshiro and Ed Fu and the rest of my Sluggers ohana for supporting me. I learned a valuable lesson and will be responsible for my things.

Kamalani Kekoolani

Dear Kamalani,

The people deserving of APPLAUSE (along with your anonymous angel) are your parents, your coaches and the Sluggers Ohana for encouraging the values that will see you through life. And while we’re at it, let’s give a standing ovation to YOU for understanding the meaning of loyalty and responsibility.

Aloha Pamela,

My mother had walked to Foodland and was on her way back when she tripped and fell, hitting her head on the pavement. Fortunately for us, two Good Samaritans, Beverly and Ricky, were there to help her up. 911 was called and Beverly waited with her until the ambulance showed up. Beverly not only gathered up her groceries, but later delivered it to us the next day with some lovely get-well flowers.

Words cannot fully express our gratitude to these two kind Good Samaritans. It’s people like Beverly and Ricky who make us believe there is still love and compassion for our fellow neighbors.

Mahalo, Beverly and Ricky!

The Mariano and Steele family

Dear Marianos and Steeles,

Real estate agent Beverly Wellman was driving by at just the right time. “Out of the corner of my eye I saw her trip,” she says. “By the time I turned around, Ricky had already stopped and was assisting her. I know from my own experience with my elderly parents that you gotta help when you can.”

Dear Pamela,

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are visiting from Akron, Ohio. While we were having dinner at Buzz’s Steakhouse in Pearl City, my brother-in-law went into cardiac arrest. Thanks to the managers who got him to the floor, a nurse and a doctor in the restaurant, and a policeman who had a defibrillator in his car as well as the first responders from the Waimalu fire station, my brother-in-law is now resting at Pali Momi with his AICD implant and doing well. We didn’t get anyone’s names, but you were all guardian angels. Mahalo for your ohana spirit.

Pearl City

Dear Fortners and Chows,

The EMS personnel responding to your brother-in-law’s emergency were EMT Jennifer Costa and paramedic Shara Molina.