A Chance For Sisters To Say A Final Aloha

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - October 07, 2009
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Dear Pamela,

This week my family had an emergency crisis. My mom is at a care home in Kaneohe; her younger sister is at Castle Medical Center with a short time to live. My mother wanted to see her younger sister for the last time. I called the Handi-Van service and talked with Stacie. I know riders need to call 24 hours in advance, but I told her about our situation. She got us a pick-up within an hour. Our Handi-Van driver No. 1103 (didn’t get his name) got us there in time. Also, Mom didn’t have to wait too long to have another van pick her up to go back to the care home. I want to say mahalo to the Handi-Van employees there.

Tamashiro Ohana


Dear Tamashiros,

Your Handi-Van operator was Timothy Earhart, who’s been with the company for 16 years of service. The angel at dispatch was reservations clerk Stacey Tagomori.

three star

Aloha Pamela,

A big mahalo to James Simeona of Kailua. Not only did he alert me of a flat tire in heavy pau hana traffic, but he swiftly changed it at the Pali YMCA. Mahalo, James, and also to Pat and Craig at Costco Tires for quickly fixing the tire.

Barb Yoshioka

Dear Barb,

“We took a look at her tire and it was repairable,” says Pat Enomoto. “It makes us feel good that she appreciated our efforts enough to write a letter.” Craig is Craig Yoshimura.


three star

Dear Pamela,

There truly are still honest, good people out there. I was at the Salt Lake Lutheran Church for a meeting. My car got broken into (broke the glass window) in the parking lot and they took all my personal items, including three purses. Fortunately, I had my wallet with me. After a long wait for the police to come, dusting my car for prints, etc., I headed home, stopping for gas. I struggled with the gas hose because I pulled up on the wrong side of the car. I put my wallet on the car in order to get a better hold on the gas hose. I drove away, forgetting my wallet on the car. I proceeded through the painful process of cancelling all credit cards, replacing my driver’s license, etc. Two days later, I received a call from Mana from Ewa Beach. He found my wallet on the freeway near Kalihi. He delivered my wallet, with money, credit cards all intact, to my workplace. What? This is unbelievable!

Two separate bad events, the latter giving proof there are good people out there wanting nothing in return.

Ginny Eji
Waialae Nui

Dear Ginny,

Mana Feiloaki, who works for a landscaping company, says this is the third wallet he’s found. “This one was on the freeway,” he says. “I saw a business card and called the number. The person was working in Ewa and I live in Ewa, so it was no problem delivering it on my way home.”

(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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