A Young Guardsman’s ID Is Saved
Wednesday - November 05, 2008
I have a 17-year-old son who is leaving tomorrow for training in Fort Jackson, S.C., with the Hawaii Army National Guard. I would like to thank “Kat” as well as the staff of Waimea Valley. They found my son’s military ID, Social Security card, birth certificate and state ID in the trash can. He went to the beach earlier that day and left his things unattended on the beach, which gave someone the opportunity to take his wallet and other items. We were so happy to see them returned in the mail as we had already started the process of getting all the documents needed before he left. It was a great relief for all of us and we thank them very much.
Loree and Pomaika’i Dupio
Dear Loree and Pomaika’i,
Waimea Valley administrative assistant Kat Adcox says she knew how important the papers were. “A staff member found the IDs in the parking lot, scattered all over,” she says. “Fortunately a Wahiawa address was included, so I popped everything into an envelope. I hate to think what would have happened if they fell into the wrong hands.”
I would like to express my gratitude to Delta/Cargo employees Cary Haitsuka and Mike Harada. It was late Sunday afternoon when I was going to pick up my sister-in-law at the airport. My plan was to park at Mobile Cellular parking area but no one was there, so I decided to park at Delta/Cargo parking lot for just about 10 minutes.
It was the scariest experience for me when my car engine died. I did not know what to do, besides panic. I went inside the Delta/Cargo and asked for help.
Cary and Mike jump-started my car and Mike gave me their phone number. He told me to call him if I got stuck on the road. I picked up my sister-inlaw, drove her to her home in Salt Lake, and went straight home. What a relief.
I can’t thank them enough for all the effort and precious time to help me and to assure that I would be safe going home. Thank you.
Lead agent Michael Harada has been with Delta/Cargo for 32 years. He says the parking lot is situated where cars sometimes pull in with problems. “Cary had jumper cables in his car and we’re used to helping people if we can. Mrs. Jackson was a very nice lady. She was a person in need, and we were happy to help.”
I have wanted to write this letter for a long time. I was camping at the Friends of Malaekahana campground with my three sons, ages 6, 5 and 4. My other friends had not arrived yet, so I decided to attempt to put up my big tent. It was very windy, and I was having a lot of trouble. The boys were using the tent poles as spears and swords and were no help. There was a group of people camped at the site next to mine. They came over to help and totally took over. They put up my tent, even fixing a tent pole that had broken. I know that they were a group of co-workers because my friend later spoke with them. I do not know who they were, but they came alongside and helped me a great deal. To this day, I am very grateful and I often think of them and their kindness to me. Aloha is alive and well.
Campground office manager Kris Wagner couldn’t track down your neighbors but she’s happy you got set up quickly. “We also have staff members who double as security, parkkeepers and hosts,” she says. “Many have been here for years and they live on the grounds, so they know the park and the best ways to enjoy it. If they see anyone having any difficulty they’ll help out. And with up to 1,200 people camping each weekend, that’s quite a service!”
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