Getting Schooled In A Tire Change

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - September 14, 2005
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Dear Pamela,
Aloha is alive and well at Kalakaua Middle School on Kalihi Street. I pulled into their parking lot with a flat tire, and while I was waiting for help to arrive Arnold Shimomura, vice principal, came to the rescue. In no time, he, Michael Napihaa and Abe Kamaile had the spare on and sent me off safely with smiles of Aloha. Just another reminder that there are people willing to help others, and I feel better knowing the DOE has them on staff! Thanks, guys, you made my day brighter!

Carla J. Rogers

Dear Carla,
Vice principal Arnold Shimomura says this is not the first time he and custodians Michael Napihaa and Abe Kamaile have lent a helping hand to motorists in their parking lot. “Carla was stalled and trying to get the car jacked up,” says Arnold. “Anyone who comes into our vicinity is a part of our community. It’s a climate we like to build here at our school.”

Dear Pamela,
Thanks to two angels, I was able to get to the bank just before closing time. After battling heavy traffic, I parked in the handicap zone and limped along the crosswalk with my cane. I stubbed my toe on a rough section of the pavement and fell face down. Out of nowhere came Kekoa and Noreen, who helped me to my feet, gathered up my things and assisted me to the bank. They offered to call an ambulance, but I assured them I’d be OK. They stayed with me the whole time in the bank, then walked me back to the car. My most sincere gratitude to these dedicated individuals. May they and their families be richly blessed.

Eleanor Warner

Dear Eleanor,
And APPLAUSE goes to you for filing a report on the incident. Awareness of any hazards in pathways for the disabled will prevent other accidents from occurring.

Dear Pamela, I am a neighbor of the Convention Center. For years the maintenance people used those noisy leaf blowers to clear the outdoor areas. My neighbors and I complained to Governor Lingle, and I’m happy to say the Convention Center staff now uses water or brooms to swish away the leaves. What a refreshing sound! Now if only the City and County could do the same. Many Mainland cities have banned these bazooka blasters.

Jerry J. Gschwind
Ala Moana

Dear Jerry,
Council Budget Chair Ann Kobayashi says legislation was introduced years ago to ban the leaf blowers or confine their use to certain hours. “There was a lot of opposition so the proposal got no further.”

But your complaints are not going unnoticed. Besides the Convention Center grounds, power blowers (water) are being used to clean bus stop areas, according to Laverne Higa of the Utility Maintenance Department.

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