A Birthday Surprise From Melveen

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - November 16, 2005
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Dear Pamela,
Last Sunday my brothers, sisters and I held a birthday dinner party for our mom (her 78th) and our brother (his 46th). We were celebrating at Au’s Garden in Kalihi when in walked Melveen Leed for her take-out order. She graciously said aloha to us, and seeing our mom bedecked with lei asked if it was her birthday. When we said yes, she wished Mom a happy birthday and gave her a kiss. Needless to say, Mom was so touched and the rest of us were in awe!

My sister asked if Melveen would take a picture with Mom, and she said “of course!” But before she took the snapshot, Melveen went to her car and came back with a shell lei for Mom, then sang Happy Birthday to her! Can you believe this? All Mom did was smile!

A standing ovation to you, Melveen, for this extra special gesture!

Zara Aki Lee

Dear Zara,
When I read your letter to Melveen over the phone she was overwhelmed. “I have tears in my eyes listening to her words,” she said. ” That’s just what we do in Hawaii. That’s how I was raised, to give aloha. My grandmother taught us to take care of others. She opened her doors to strangers and we gave up our beds to those strangers. I’m so happy the lei was appreciated. It was a four-strand lei from Tahiti, meant to be passed on to someone special.”

Dear Pamela,
I wish to recognize the unknown adult male who turned in my “lost” tri-corner hat to one of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) ladies. The National Sojourners Inc., Heroes of ‘76 were assisting the DAR at Kahala Mall in their Patriotism Program. Unfortunately, when I removed my coat in the parking lot fronting the Barnes & Noble shop, I carelessly placed the hat on the car roof and drove away. A call to the Kahala Mall security after I got home revealed that no such item was turned in, and I resigned myself to the fact that it was lost. I later got a call from one of the DAR ladies who advised me that a gentleman found it and turned it over to her for rightful return to its owner. She did not get his name at the time, and I want to thank him for his good deed.

Roy T.
OTA National Sojourners

“In a nutshell, we are a national organization primarily consisting of military masons,” says Roy. “Promoting patriotism is what we do best. We dress in colonial uniforms that match the DAR dresses. Hence, they frequently call on us to help them with their patriotic program.”

For readers interested in learning more about Roy’s group, contact http://nation-alsojourners.org

(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail pyoung@kitv.com. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)

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