Anonymous Angels Make A Difference

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - November 02, 2011
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Dear Pamela,

While my good friend and I were traveling Ewa bound on Kalanianaole Highway in Niu Valley with my full-size futon mattress tied on the roof of her Honda CR-V, the mattress slid off and landed in the middle of the highway. From the rear-view and side-view mirrors we could see all the cars whizzing by except one truck that pulled into a driveway. As we backed up, two gentlemen stepped out of the truck and dashed to pick up the mattress in the middle of the traffic. Both then graciously helped us place and secure the mattress on the roof of the car. I am very grateful to Layne and Devin for rescuing us.

C. Leong
Salt Lake

Aloha Pamela,

Thank you for providing this way to thank strangers who show kindness.

I was late for the bus on a Saturday morning (Palani and Date). Although I hadn’t reached the actual stop location, the driver kindly stopped to let me board.

In my haste, I dropped my cell phone, and had no way to contact anyone until I got to work almost an hour later. To my relief, I learned an early morning jogger by the name of Elaine found it and returned it to my sister. She did not leave any contact information, so I hope she reads your column to know that I truly appreciate her kindness.

A big mahalo to the bus driver and Elaine for showing their spirit of aloha that morning!

Rae Yamashiro

Dear Pamela,

My brother took our 88year-old mother to lunch at the Pearl Kai Shopping Center. Both didn’t realize she had dropped her small black wallet. Later, they went back to search the parking lot and the restaurant, but no luck.

That afternoon we got a phone call from a young man who didn’t want to give his name but said he had the wallet. He explained that he and his friend found it under their truck’s windshield wiper apparently another honest soul had picked it up from the parking lot and thought it was theirs.

The two young men even came to the house to drop off the wallet.

Please express our appreciation to the first kind person who found the wallet and put it on the windshield. And a special mahalo to the two fine young men who not only were so honest, but also went out of their way to come to our house in Pearl City. Your parents should be very proud of what good people they raised. We are so happy, too, that this nice

gesture has reaffirmed our faith in others. Again, thank you all so much.

Eleanor F. and family
Pearl City

Dear Eleanor, Rae and C.,

When asked why they extended a helping hand, many Good Samaritans say, “It’s happened to me.” Recognizing and understanding your anxiety is often the first step to a gesture of kindness. The best way to honor your anonymous angels is to pass it on.

(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 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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