Finding Integrity At The Landfill
Wednesday - August 24, 2005
I had a wonderful experience at the Waimanalo Landfill in Kapolei. I had removed my two expensive weed trimmers from the bed of my truck so I could access the green waste, then forgot and drove away without them. Because of the alertness and honesty of the team on the hill — James Mateutia, Rick Kahalewai, Shannon Hall, Keoni Rosario IV and Steve Hill — the trimmers were waiting for me when I returned an hour later. I tried to give them a tip because I would have had to replace the tools, but the offer of money was strongly refused. Once more, I was impressed with the integrity of the crew. I want to thank the team for their kokua. They made my day.
Patrick Delos Roberts
Crew foreman Rick Kahalewai says people leave things all the time, so the workers are used to retrieving misplaced items. “One of my operators, Keoni, saw the weed trimmers and figured the owner would come back. We try to do what we can.”
Recently the Planning Commission met on the issue of creating another landfill on the Waianae coast. It was a long meeting that went from 1:30 to 4 p.m. with awesome testimony from our residents and their children. Our people carried themselves well and impressed all in attendance. Our busload of lobbyists were all women and children who care deeply about what happens to our people and our environment.
Our hats off to Walterbea Aldeguer and her moopuna Porsha Butay, Davian Ugaitafa, and Andrea Colon, Clara Batongbacal, Jean Connolly, Lucy Gay, Alice Greenwood and grandson James Hatchie, Caroline Holway, Jo Jordan, Pat Patterson, Tiare Rodrigues, Cynthia Rezentes, Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, Mapuana Techtor and her daughters Kiana and Anela, Leandra Wai, Babette Wilhelm, Alan Takemoto and Karen Awana.
More importantly, our hats off to the Planning Commission members Jeffery Mikulina and Diane Peters- Nguyen, who listened to us, heard us and voted for us!
Walterbea Aldeguer, a clerk steno at Waianae campus of Leeward Community College, says their participation started as a research assignment in a computer training class. “Lucy Gay teaches this class, and the students were to check different websites for information. Then, some of us decided to go to the meeting and present a petition. We had about 12 adults and five children. We know we can’t stop progress, but we can protect what we have.”
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