Stranded, But Not For Long

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - February 04, 2009
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Dear Pamela,

After shopping at Pearlridge with my friend, my car suddenly stopped running. All the red lights on the panel lit up. My brakes didn’t work well, and I was afraid of running into the car in front. I put on the emergency light. Then a gentleman appeared and asked what the problem was. He stopped traffic and pushed my car across to the side street so I could park in a safe place. Thank God for this fine gentleman. I hope he didn’t get hurt pushing my car.

He then allowed me to use his cell phone to call for a tow truck. I cannot thank this kind man enough for helping this lady in distress in the middle of traffic. I asked for his name and he said only “Maka.” While waiting, Harold from Saiki Motors appeared. I want to thank “Maka” and Harold for their help. May God bless them.

Patricia Leong
Pearl City


Dear Patricia,

“She was stalled in Pearl City and called our shop, so I went down to check it out,” says Harold Saiki of Saiki Motors. “I could tell this was a big repair, so I called a friend at a tow company. They were busy, but I asked if he would swing around to help this lady. I waited with her, then I took her home. I know what it’s like to get stranded.”

three star

Dear Pamela,

I have a very dear friend who loves to share aloha with various friends on the Mainland by buying and sending lots of our local pineapples.

Before shipping them off, we have to have these many pineapples inspected, and I just had to recognize and share what excellent people we have working at our Plant Inspection Station located at the Honolulu International Airport. Matt and his team truly represent the aloha spirit of our state so beautifully, continually going out of their way to be extremely friendly and exceptionally helpful in every way they can. We always leave their office feeling so blessed! Big mahalos to Matt, Mary, Betty, Merren and the whole office for the excellent people you are, the excellent work you do and the wonderful way you continually represent and share the aloha spirit!

Tami Tierney

Dear Tami,

“We try our best not only to enforce the regulations, but to help the public so they can send their fruits and vegetables to the Mainland and foreign countries with no harm to the agriculture,” says plant health safeguarding specialist Merrin Hao, speaking for USDAPlant Inspection Station supervisor Matt Chun, program assistant Betty Singh and PHSP Mary Beust. “As public servants, we try our best.”


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