Saving The Day All Over The Island

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - September 24, 2008
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Dear Pamela,

Three months ago my 12-year-old daughter went camping with the family of two of her friends. They went a mile or two past Kea’au Beach Park down an old dirt access road. The uncle took the three girls swimming as the tide was down. Suddenly the girls started screaming. The undercurrent had caught them and was not letting go.

The uncle ran to the water and so did a group of fishermen nearby. Thank God. I would not have my daughter today if it were not for these men. And I didn’t even get to thank them. They risked their own lives. So guys, if you’re reading this, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, as does my whole family. May God bless every one of you and your families every single day. I pray that He sends guardian angels to watch over and protect you and your children, as you did mine. the Lucas family

Dear Pamela,

I am hoping that Priscilla M. reads MidWeek and your column so she knows how thankful I am for finding my handbag and turning it in to Sam’s Club. After shopping, I drove home to put away my groceries, not realizing that my handbag was not among them. It was only when I needed to go to the bank about 45 minutes later that I could not find my handbag. Only then I realized that I had left my handbag in the shopping cart. For sure, I thought, I was in for a nightmare of my life because practically my whole identity was in that handbag. Praying, I called Sam’s Club and, yes, they had my handbag. I raced down there and retrieved my handbag with all contents intact. I was told that Priscilla M. did not want to leave any information except her name.

So, Priscilla, I am hoping that when you read APPLAUSE you will know that you are an angel in my heart and that you are forever blessed.

Harri Matsumoto

Dear Pamela,

I am a senior and do have my “senior moments.” I had my two mo’opuna at Windward Mall to play at the children’s area there, and walked off without my cell phone (which I’m still learning how to use!). I retraced my steps and found that an angel had turned it in to security. A few days later I was at Ala Moana and left my pedometer in the lua, again retraced my steps and found another angel had turned it in to the lost and found area. Many thanks to those angels in my life.

Sherri Nanea Clark
Hawaii Kai

Dear Sherri, Harri and Lucas family,

Angels abound! How blessed we are to have them in our lives. They teach us that a small gesture of kindness from a giver can make a big difference to the recipient.

(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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