Saying Mahalo For Acts Of Kindness

Dear Pamela,

The Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise would like to thank a very special “angel” who helped to make our recent school supply drive a huge success.

We were holding the drive, one of our many community service projects, at the entrance to Walmart on Keeaumoku Street. That’s when Glenn S. Takaki walked up to our group of volunteers and asked, “Who’s in charge?” When I introduced myself, he said, “Come with me into the store.”

Glenn grabbed an empty shopping cart, and – with a big smile – directed me to fill it up with school supplies. After wheeling the cart through the aisles, we ended up at the cashier with more than $415 of school supplies! We also collected close to $300, which was used to purchase backpacks, flashdrives and three-ring binders for the schools. Thanks to Glenn and other generous donors that day!

Debi Halcro
Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise

Dear Debi,

And a round of APPLAUSE goes to the members and volunteers of Kahala Sunrise Rotary for donating boxes of school supplies to Wilson, Liholiho, Aliiolani and Palolo Elementary schools, Jarrett Middle School, Anuenue Hawaiian Immersion School, the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind, and the Children’s Justice Center.

Aloha Pamela, I just wanted to give a “heartfelt mahalo!” to Ms. Pauni Nagaesu of Palama Settlement. Pauni heads the community service program at Palama, and she does an outstanding and terrific job there. She works with various resident associations in public housing, she coordinates Foodbank distribution at numerous sites, and she’s also on the Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board, and the Weed and Seed Steering Committee. She also coordinates recycling projects at Palama and does their Christmas celebration, too. Her work ethic is amazing and, believe it or not, she does get her job done. And she either drives or sometimes take the bus into town for work because she lives out in Maili.

Our executive board here at Kamehameha Homes just wanted to say to Pauni, “Mahalo!” for always being here for us, advising us and supporting us as a tenant association. You’re terrific, amazing and “our superlady!”

Zara Aki
Kamehameha Homes

Tenant Association

Dear Zara,

Says Pauni Nagaesu: “I’m so very shocked and honored they would write a letter about me. I don’t look at what I do as a job. I wear a lot of different hats because I want to. A job is something you’re obligated to do. Helping people is something I want to do. It’s about compassion.”

Dear Pamela,

A good deed did not go unnoticed! My wife and I were stuck in traffic headed makai on Ward Avenue towards the construction-filled intersection corner of Beretania Street. We observed the Honolulu Police Department officer on duty help a little elderly lady with a cane cross the crowded crosswalk past the construction and traffic. We both thought out loud, “How nice to see that!”

Jim Yamashita
Aina Haina

Dear Jim,

“Recruit applicants often say they want to join the Honolulu Police Department so that they can help others,” says Michelle Yu of HPD.

“The Yamashitas’ observation is an example of an officer who is ‘Serving and Protecting with Aloha.’

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