Like Magic, Angels Just Appear

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - March 16, 2011
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I would very much like to thank the two highway angels who helped me in Waikiki. I was on my way to meet a friend when my car suddenly died at a stoplight. It was turning dark, and the AAA number on my cell was barely visible.

As I was frantically trying to call and restart my car at the same time, a young man ran up and told me he was going to try to push my car to the side of the street.

As he was pushing, another young man rushed in to help. Before I had a chance to get off the phone and out of the car to thank them, they were gone.

Thanks to the pair, traffic kept running smoothly in Waikiki, and AAA eventually arrived to tow my car. Their swift action was so kind, and they didn’t even stick around to be thanked.

Joy Pepe
Leeward Oahu

Dear Pamela,

I was parked on the street outside of Byron’s Drive Inn. I was pulling away from the curb when an older gentleman jumped from a table and came running toward me, waving his hands. He alerted me that I had a flat tire. I pulled back to park and he assisted me in changing my flat. Unfortunately he had to leave before it was done to meet someone arriving at the airport. I was struggling with my jack when two men in a truck came to my aid and finished the job. Pamela, please thank all three of these men for me! The last two gentlemen refused my offer to pay for their lunch, and the first gentleman felt awful because he couldn’t stay to help. I

Thank you so much!

Gina Fitzgerald

Dear Pamela,

Over the holidays, a broken leash caused a naughty little dog to run loose through the streets! A frantic, out-of-shape lady gave chase for almost an hour. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all those to went out of their way to help, from the people following in their cars and on foot, and for those who waited patiently as we blocked traffic. A special thanks to Po and family, and the nice young man in blue scrubs who finally secured the pooch. I apologize for the inconvenience, as many people were dressed up to go out. An incredibly stressful situation for me turned out OK thanks to the caring and kindness of strangers. Thanks so much!

Vicky H.

Dear Vicky, Gina and Joy,

Roadside mishaps are among the most stressful because they involve the safety of others. Your anonymous angels scored points by using their skills and muscle to keep you and your loved ones out of danger.

(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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