A Beautiful Expression Of Aloha
Wednesday - April 16, 2008
Your column is one that I always read in MidWeek. It is nice to have something positive to count on and to see good deeds recognized. Here is my story. I create jackets and vests by recycling vintage kimono. Right now some of my work is on display and for sale at Nohea Gallery in Kailua.
Last week a woman came in and left a Japanese book for me that features recycled kimono. Her sister wrote it. She didn’t leave her name or any contact information. It was so kind of her to think of me, and generous, too. It is a beautiful book and I wish that I could thank her. Perhaps I’ll be able to through your column.
Perhaps you could contact her sister through the publisher of the book. I’m guessing the best way to thank her is to use her sister’s words and pictures to inspire more beautiful creations from kimono.
I am 83 years old and use a cane to walk. I was taking out my bag of treasures to the street for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters pick up. Somehow I lost my balance and slid to the ground. I was not injured, but had trouble getting up. A gentleman in a compact convertible pulled over and asked if I needed help. He got out of his car, came around me and lifted me to my feet. He made sure I was OK, then walked to the house and alerted my daughter and son-in-law. We are all so very grateful for his concern and help.
In these times, the words “gentleman” and “lady” are seldom used. The meaning has changed over the years, but it’s nice to hear there are still people acting in a “gentle” and caring way.
My family attended a concert somewhere near Kapiolani Park to benefit the Hawaiian School. Unfortunately, I lost my cell phone. Someone found it and I was able to contact her once. She had mentioned her name was Sharon from Mililani. We were supposed to meet one time so that I could get my cell back, but it didn’t happen. I have no way to contact this person. Maybe she will read your column and see my plea.
Miriam De Guzman
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