A Big Mahalo To HPD Solo Bikes
Wednesday - April 25, 2007
Thank you for making your column available to voice the positive things that happen to people and not so much the negative. We all need to reaffirm that goodness in people still exists.
I would like to send our sincerest mahalo to several of HPD’s finest, solo bike officers Shawn Akau, Brendan Ogawawara and Martin Min. Several weeks ago my daughter’s car stalled in the fast lane going H-1 westbound, near Aloha Stadium around 6 p.m. We thank her lucky stars when the trio of solo bike officers came to her rescue. They stopped all the four lanes of freeway traffic and pushed her car out of the way! Officer Akau stayed with her until the tow truck came and saw to it that her car was safely on its way. Her ohana is deeply grateful for their kokua and how they turned a potentially dangerous situation totally around.
Every day our fine men in blue, without hesitation, put themselves into harm’s way so that they can protect and serve us unselfishly. Their fine actions and dedication are truly appreciated and to be commended. Mahalo kakou and may Akua bless them always.
Jon and Clarice Shimomura
Dear Jon and Clarice,
Lt. Gordon Shiraishi of HPD’s Traffic Division says the officers you named are new to the unit, except for Shawn. “What’s important is not only doing the job,” he says, “but how you do it. These officers -Shawn Akau, Brendan Ogawawara and Martin Min - do it well. We urge all the officers to take care of people as if they were family.”
I’d like to extend a very belated mahalo to Richard Bomey, president of East Oahu Professional Cleaning Services.
Richard assisted my daughter Lauren and me in jump-starting her truck when it stalled one night in the parking lot of Koko Marina Center between the Hawaii Kai Veterinary Clinic and Zippy’s. We were trying to get it started with a portable generator that wasn’t working quite right. Richard was parked next to us, and used his own cables and car to get us started and on our way. The problem was just a dead battery, which we promptly changed the following day. We wish Richard great success in his business.
Donna Y. Usagawa
Richard Bomey says he was in the right place at the right time. “I was working in Hawaii Kai seeing clients, and I noticed they were trying to jump their truck, but it wasn’t working. I only lost two minutes of my time, and if I was late, it was worth it. I felt good helping someone.”
I took my daughter to the Department of Health to get an original copy of her birth certificate. As we waited in line, a man walked in. He looked homeless (torn jacket with duct tape patches, black feet, and he had an injury of some sort) and in his late 60s, early 70s. We watched as he walked to the counter to get a request form. There were three people in line in front of him. He asked, “can you pass me a paper?” - yet no one heard this man.
My daughter walked up to this man and asked if he needed any help. He said, “Oh, yes. Thank you.” Not only could he not write his information, but he could not even see the print. She helped him fill out his request form and helped him into line. I would like to give a standing ovation to my daughter Ku’ulei Manoa (age 17) for showing unconditional love to a complete stranger.
Your daughter credits you and her grandparents for looking beyond the surface of every situation. “The guy seemed very lost and everyone walked right past him,” she says. “My family taught me the value of helping others.”
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