Finding True Value In Donating

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - December 27, 2006
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Dear Pamela,

I am a resident of Kailua and have always gone to what was once called True Value, then Ace and now Hardware Hawaii for my needs to remodel or fix things around my place.

I am in the process of starting something special and fun for the community, and was in need of a few donations to help us get started. Well, I contacted Hardware Hawaii to ask if they would consider helping us with few items, and immediately I was told over the phone, “We will be happy to help our community,” and was advised to contact Barry Lundquist. I met with his executive assistant, Rachel Fowler (incredible lady), and she helped me figure out measurements and the proper names of the items I needed. By the end of the week, I was on the phone with Barry Lundquist, who asked me a few questions and said he would see what he could do.

Thank you, Hardware Hawaii, for supporting the Kailua community and being so helpful and always pleasant. Barry, Rachel and all the others I failed to mention by name, many thanks for your support and professional customer service. We are fortunate to have you in this community.

Rita Albina


Dear Rita,

It was the quality of your educational project that won over Barry Lundquist. “My first question to her was ‘Who is this going to help?’ We like to focus on charities right here in our community, so we were happy to throw our support behind Rita’s project. The people of Kailua are our customers, so we give back however we can.”

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Dear Pamela,

I lost my bag with credit cards and money at the Liliha Times Market. I am so grateful to Times Market worker, Angela, who found my bag in a shopping cart and turned it in.

I got my bag back with all my credit cards and money, and wanted to leave a gift, but was told, “It’s not necessary because that was a decent and honorable thing to do. That is part of our job.” Thank you so much, Angela, for being my “angel” that day, and thanks to managers Robert and Dome for your kindness and sincerity.

Mary Ann Ishikane

Kam Heights

Dear Mary Ann,

Liliha Times assistant floor director Derek Yasuda says Angeline Molitor, Robert Pennington and Dome Cajimat are great employees, and offer good customer service consistently. “We are family here at Liliha Times Market, and we do our best to take care of customers.”


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Aloha Pam,

I’d like to send a big, heartfelt mahalo to the anonymous female who found my fanny pack on the UH Faculty Shuttle, the shuttle driver, and two UH Campus Security Officers Rivers and Fontaine.

I left my fanny pack on the shuttle during my lunch break, but didn’t realize it for almost three hours.

Yet, the moment I reported it missing to UH Campus Security Officer Rivers, it was found and delivered to my office within 45 minutes by UH Campus Security Officer Fontaine.

The anonymous female wrote me a note and stuck it on my fanny bag that said, “God bless you! Found your bag in the corner seat. Have a great day!”

Having my property returned to me was wonderful, and then having this short but sweet note attached really picked me up and made me feel blessed and thankful.

I plan to keep this note tacked to my bulletin board at work to remind me that there are still good people in our world, and we are lucky and blessed that we live in Hawaii.

Mindy Scordilis Information Technology

Services, UH

Dear Mindy,

Hopefully your anonymous female will learn of the special place you’ve given her note in the pages of MidWeek. UH-Manoa Campus Security Chief Neal Sakamoto says Sgt. Gary Rivers and Officer Catherine Fontaine are both outstanding workers. “Our responsibilities have increased along with the student enrollment, yet these individuals still go above and beyond duty to keep our campus safe.”

(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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