The Many Benefits Of Paying It Forward

Dear Pamela,

As I was driving in Nuuanu, I had a flat tire. I drove into the 7-Eleven near Nuuanu School.

A gentleman named Kenji, who lives close by, was there and rescued me. He changed my tire, and when I tried to pay him for his services, he refused.

I want him to know that I am donating this money to a charity in his name. I also want him to get the APPLAUSE he deserves.

Thank you again, Kenji, for your kindness.

Freda Long

Dear Freda,

Your gesture is truly paying it forward so that Kenji’s assistance will benefit others. Mahalo for choosing Hawaii Foodbank for your donation in Kenji’s name.

Dear Pamela,

I went to the Satellite City Hall at Pearlridge to renew my driver’s license. I thought I had all the documents I needed.

I went up the renewal counter and was waited on by a young woman named Andrea.

Everything was in order until we got to my marriage certificate. It was given to us by our minister 51 years ago, but was not an official copy from the state of California.

Andrea discussed with me ways to find out how to get the certified copy. Then she looked something up in a binder and then went to her computer. After a few minutes, she found what I needed and printed it out.

I want to say a big mahalo to Andrea for giving me such great customer service. She certainly went above and beyond to help me. The City and County is fortunate to have such a pleasant, akamai helpful employee.

Eleven days later, I received the official form in the mail from San Diego. When I went back to the Satellite City Hall, I was again waited on by Andrea.

Thanks again to Andrea for taking such good care of me.

Elizabeth Demarke

Dear Elizabeth,

Mayor Kirk Caldwell is proud of the workers at Satellite City Halls. “We thank Ms. Demarke for taking the time to publicly appreciate our hard-working staff,” he says. “Andrea Toyofuku is a highly valued employee. While we continue to adjust our operations to meet these new federal requirements, our satellite staff are strongly committed to serving our residents. I’m aware of several such incidents of exceptional caring and am very proud of our team members.”

Dear Pamela, I was at Liliha Bakery picking up butter rolls when a total stranger came up to me and asked if I was a veteran. I said yes. He paid for my purchases and said happy Veterans Day. I wish to thank him from the bottom of my heart.

May God’s blessings be upon him. I will truly pay it forward.


Dear Paul,

I think your anonymous angel was telling you he was paying it forward for the way of life we enjoy today, thanks to the service and commitment you and other American veterans have given to our country.

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.