Aloha Gets A Reality Check

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - March 02, 2011
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Dear Pamela,

Last month Christa Highsmith of the Hawaii Kai Salon and Day Spa lost a personal check while at Koko Marina Center. Mrs. Bartley of Niu Valley spotted it a few moments later and left me, the signee, a phone message before Christa probably knew it was lost. She had some anxious moments, though, because I didn’t go home immediately. The following day Mrs. Bartley personally delivered the check to Christa. A newcomer to Hawaii, Christa was lucky to be so quickly introduced to the Aloha Spirit!

Phyllis Tsutsui
Hawaii Kai

Dear Phyllis,

Tanya Bartley says she happened to be at the right place. “I always go to Kozo Sushi, and when I came out I saw this piece of folded paper on the ground,” she says. “Something told me to pick it up. When I saw that it was a check I called Christa and she said to mail it to her. I thought perhaps the recipient would not like to wait three days for the check. Christa said she worked at a salon nearby so I went looking for her. She was so thrilled!”

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Hi Pamela,

I work for a child-development program. I was in Mililani with my co-worker and we were doing home visits. I had just parked and locked my car when I realized that I locked my keys in the car. My co-worker and I walked to Goodyear Auto Service Center in Mililani Center and asked for help. Rick from Goodyear offered to help us and even drove us to my car in their company truck. Much mahalo to Rick from Goodyear in Mililani Center for saving our day!

Rachel Soo

Dear Reyna Siu,

This appears to be an almost daily problem, according to Mililani Goodyear Auto Service Center manager Rick Derrick. “For some reason, a lot of people lock themselves out of their cars at the grocery store,” he says. “I take it as a challenge. I’m batting a thousand so far. I’ve never missed being able to unlock a car. That’s what we do here. We take care of people. Ms. Siu was very nice about it.”


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Aloha Pamela.

I would like to offer a Big Heartfelt Mahalo to a good Samaritan named Kevin!

My husband and I were having breakfast in front of AAA Barbecue at Don Quijote.

I left my bag on my left side sitting on the table bench. I got up to get shoyu from the ordering window. I then realized that someone had swiped my bag.

I yelled to my husband that someone had taken my bag. He started running after the purse snatcher. Little did I know that Kevin had seen this culprit and started running after him too. When he got back, he said that the thief was too fast, and he lost him in the tall building on Makaloa. Kevin stayed to give the police officer as much information as he could.

I just wanted Kevin to know that individuals like him make Hawaii a better place to live in!

Dorinda Teruya

Dear Dorinda,

It is indeed sad to encounter people who have no respect for individuals or their property. Fortunately anonymous angels like Kevin restore our faith in the inherent goodness of strangers. Although your purse was eventually found with the contents gone, we’re happy you were able to recover some of your belongings.

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