A Telcom Tech Pays It Forward

Aloha Pamela,

We had the most pleasant encounter as we waited for our roadside assistance serviceman, meeting a Good Samaritan who stopped to ask if we needed any help when our tire “blew out” on Kalanianaole Highway. It was a pleasure to meet a kind and courteous Hawaiian Telephone Company employee recently relocated from the East, who bears the name of the first man on Earth, Adam. He asked if he could assist us in any way and even offered us a bottle of water. This is truly a young man who exemplifies the aloha spirit, and we wish him well as he pursues his career with the local telephone company while he adjusts to living in Honolulu. One thing for sure, he doesn’t have to develop the aloha spirit, which he innately contributes to our culture. Wish there were more young Samaritans like Adam from Pennsylvania.

The Fujiis
Hawaii Kai

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Fujii,

Your roadside angel is Hawaiian Telcom technician Adam Schultes. “We receive many compliments about Adam, both for his technical expertise and for his aloha spirit,” says Ann Nishida, senior manager of Corporate Communications. “He was selected as Hawaiian Telcom’s employee of the year last year, and his nomination included a heartfelt letter from the mother of a teenager who had been hit by a car. Adam called 911 and stayed with the teenager, who had been knocked off her bicycle, keeping her calm until her mother and the ambulance arrived.

Adam says his aloha spirit comes from his early experience at Hawaiian Telcom. He had been employed for just about a week when

he was injured in a car accident (he was on a motorcycle). He had no family here and hadn’t made any friends yet, but his new ohana at Hawaiian Telcom took good care of him and showed him the true meaning of Aloha Spirit. Since then, he’s been committed to paying it forward, taking every opportunity to help others in situations like the Fujiis and the teenager who was in an accident. Adam is a very special person, and we’re so glad that he’s part of our Hawaiian Telcom ohana.”

Dear Pamela,

I was in Kuakini Medical Center Geriatric Care unit for 43 days. I had Drs. David Saito and Thomas Maglinao. They gave the best information about my diagnosis and treatment and came to visit twice a day. I then went to occupational therapy. If it were not for them, I wouldn’t be home. Learning to walk, breathe, sit and stand again was not easy. These things we take for granted. There are also Myra, James, Lisa, Tony, Alyssa, Karen and Cindy, my angels. Bless all of you.

T.H. Cariaso

Dear T.H.,

Your friends at Kuakini are happy to hear you’re doing well.

“We wish her continued good health,” says marketing and PR manager Donda Spiker. “We appreciate her recognition because Kuakini’s Health Care Team and physicians combine their expertise and compassion to provide the best and safest care possible. Their efforts help patients and residents feel better and enjoy their quality of life.”

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