Every act of aloha counts. Click here to DONATE to the MAUI RELIEF Fund.            

A World Of Generosity

Aloha Pamela,

Amid all the bad news, it is refreshing to read about good people. I was in Safeway Manoa when I realized I didn’t have my handbag. My husband went off looking for it and slipped me a $20 bill to pay for what we had in our cart. At the checkout, I discovered I was short $3.25.

Before I could eliminate an item or two, the fellow next in line hands the cashier $3.25, telling me not to worry about returning it.

Well, it turns out my purse was left at home. We called Safeway to inquire about the nice person who paid the rest of my tab, and they only knew him as “Kingston.” So, thank you, Mr. Kingston, for making this a “wonderful world.”

Sets Fuke

Dear Sets,

Perhaps you’ll have the chance to hear your Good Samaritan sing It’s a Wonderful World the next time he performs at ChaChaCha Salsaria in Hawaii Kai. Joe Kingston is a musician and singer who happened to be behind you at Safeway. “I had all these one-dollar bills from the tip jar from performing the night before,” he says. “She seemed like a very nice lady who was just short a few dollars. You gotta spread the goodness around.”

Dear Pamela,

I was walking up Dole Street on my way to UH. It was raining. I was maybe 75 feet from the bus stop when the No. 4 bus came along, beeped a few times, stopped and motioned to me as to whether I wanted to ride the bus. I motioned back no, and he went on his way.

How very courteous to give forethought that maybe I just was not close enough to the bus stop and he did not want me to miss my ride! Thank you, Mr. Bus Driver. You made my day, and on top of that, it just happened to be my birthday. Thank you for the lovely birthday gift of your thoughtfulness.

Karen Abe

Dear Karen,

Michelle Kennedy of TheBus appreciates your words of gratitude. “Thank you so much, Karen, for taking the time to write a mahalo letter. We will share your letter with our bus operator on the Route 4, as well as all of our bus operators who take care of our riders daily.”

Mahalo for your kind words and we wish you a belated happy birthday!

Dear Pamela,

I am writing to give APPLAUSE to officer Joel Warkentin Jr. of Honolulu Police Department. He assisted me March 12 at 5:50 a.m. on Likelike Highway town bound, outside the tunnel. I had run over an object on the road that not only punctured the tire but blew it out in shreds. He was so kind to offer to change my tire on the passenger side, which allowed me to get to work on time. I am deeply appreciative of his kind help to a person in distress.

Karen H.

Dear Karen,

“Officer Warkentin is a seasoned member and instructor of the Solo Motorcycle Detail,” says Maj. Calvin Tong, commander of the Traffic Division. “His actions are not surprising, as he takes his job very seriously and always works to achieve a high level of excellence.”

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.