Blaisdell Ushers To The Rescue
Wednesday - June 17, 2009
My daughter and I attended the University of Phoenix graduation at Neal Blaisdell Arena to see my niece graduate. After the ceremony, we were walking out toward the gate to go on the other side for lei giving when I saw they were closing the entrance doors to the arena. Thinking we were going to be locked in, I started to walk faster. I tripped and fell, hurting my knee, wrist and chin. My daughter rushed to my side to see if I was all right. There were a few workers who also came to see if I was injured. They all helped me up, brought me a chair to sit on and rendered first aid. Another bystander also helped us and gave my daughter the bags I was carrying.
I am doing fine now. I would like to thank Rae (first aid attendant), Keith Nunes (usher) and a couple of other workers for coming to my aid. I did not get the bystander’s name, and would also like to thank him for giving my daughter my bags.
My heartfelt mahalo all for your help!
Sidney Quintal of City Enterprise Services says the usher staff members are often the unsung heroes at large events. “I am proud to be associated with them and will be sure to recognize them for this action,” he says. Event manager Lesford Ching, first aid usher Rae-Ann Kim and usher Keith Nunes are happy you’re doing better.
I was treated to great aloha by Paul Angelo of HECO. He was with a crew on my street and he saw me struggling to section a very large bay tree with a hand saw. Paul brought over a ratchet cutter. The tool is designed, Paul told me, for cutting electric cable, but it is an awesome and versatile thing. Paul had my work done in less than five minutes. Paul told me that today marked his 20th year with HECO. HECO and senior citizens like me are blessed to have nice folks like Paul Angelo to perform quality work and service in our neighborhoods. Mahalo, Paul!
“We’re proud of what Paul did,” says HECO senior communications consultant Darren Pai. “Whether it’s through volunteer work or support for charities, we encourage our employees to give back to our community. That’s what we do here in Hawaii, help each other out. It only took Paul a few minutes, but he made a big difference for one of our customers.”
I have nothing but praise for Gregory Fukuda and his parents. I am a senior citizen who lives alone. I do quite well, but sometimes I need a little help lifting things. Gregory goes to school, then to a job at Jamba Juice, and still has time to check in on me from time to time. I think his parents deserve some APPLAUSE for teaching him right.
Charlene Fukuda is proud of all her children. “We never told Greg to assist Mrs. Machado. He did this on his own. She’s so nice and bakes bread for the kids, and they want to be nice in return.”
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