Helping A Senior Is A ‘Shu’ Thing

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - November 23, 2011
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Dear Pamela,

I was asked by our office to deliver packages for the Senior Fair at Neal Blaisdell Center for our booth. I was told not to park at the NBC parking lot to leave the parking spaces for the elderly, but to go directly to the McKinley High parking lot.

When I arrived at the entrance of the lot, I was gently told that I was misinformed. School was still in session and there was an issue of some liability. I turned around and luckily found a parking space on Pensacola Street. I carried a very heavy box full of our pamphlets.

Mr. William “Shu” Mimura, the school’s security guard, asked if he could give me a ride in his golf cart to the NBC. I did not want to inconvenience him so I turned him down. The walk to the NBC’s entrance was very long and the box got heavier by each step.


When I returned for the second load, I smiled and told Shu that I would like to take him up on his offer. He not only drove me, he stopped to get a glass of cold water for me, which I needed badly. By the way, I am near my 80th birthday.

On my third trip Shu asked Kyle to take me to the NBC.

I read your column regularly and enjoy the stories shared by grateful people. I hope that the McKinley administrators are doing the same so they can understand what genuine people they have on their staff.

Larry Takao
Waialae Iki

Dear Larry,

At age 80 I would have to say you qualified to park in the NBC lot, especially carrying three heavy loads!

McKinley High School principal Ron Okamura says Shu’s actions that weekend are pretty typical.

“He helps not only faculty members, but students and others in the community,” he says. “That’s part of his nature, promoting good citizenship and courtesy. It sets a good example for our students and explains why he’s always one of the favorite personalities on campus.”

three star

Dear Pamela,

Vacations Hawaii escort Beatrice “Bea” deserves an extra special mahalo. When we returned from Vegas, our car battery died.


We couldn’t find anyone to help us. Lucky for us, Bea and her friend Audrey helped us. We had jumper cables but needed a car. Thank you for everything! You’ll never be forgotten for your thoughtfulness, for you’re among the nicest people.

Glenn and Yvonne
Awaya Kaimuki

Dear Glenn and Yvonne,

“Bea Bandmann is awesome, one of our most caring and attentive escorts,” says Vacations Hawaii sales and promotion manager Kevin Kaneshiro. “She makes sure every guest is taken care of.”

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