Teaming Up For Safety’s Sake

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - June 15, 2005
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Dear Pamela,
While on my way to work I ran over a metal scrap on the freeway. It resulted in a flat tire on my front driver’s side. I was thinking of whom to call for help when Ryan Hausner stopped and changed my tire. Tony Becker also stopped and made sure Ryan was safe while changing my tire.

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Ryan and Tony for their good deeds. Because of them I made it to work safely. Thank you so much and God bless.

Vicky Reyes

Dear Vicky,
“I see this all the time and it’s pretty scary,” says retired Navy Senior Chief Tony Becker. “Someone tries to change a tire and cars speed by dangerously close. The least I could do was to be an extra set of eyes on the road.”

Dear Pamela,
My friend and I took Lucie, a Canadian friend, out to Makaha for some sightseeing. We hadn’t been to the area for quite a while, but knew to be careful locking our car in the beach parking area.

I was very thirsty so I walked along the beach looking for somewhere selling sodas. There was a group of people having a huge picnic so I asked a lady there if this was a private or commercial event. She said it was private, but that there was a lunch wagon across the street. I thanked her and began walking toward the street when I heard, “Lady, wait, here’s a drink.”

A beautiful young girl came running after me with an ice-cold Pepsi in her hand. I tried to give her a dollar, but she said “No, it’s free.” I think she was an angel in disguise.

What a wonderful impression this made on all of us. We were shown the real Aloha Spirit.

Sally Duffield

Dear Sally,
Aloha spirit works both ways. You showed the picnickers courtesy and respect, and they responded with generosity.


Dear Pamela,
My 4-year-old daughter Leslie received a pink “Princess Diaries” wallet for her birthday. Because it was her first wallet, she filled it with pictures of our dog, Hoku, her best friend, Sasha, and 35 cents.

While looking for books at the Kaimuki Library she left it on a shelf, and didn’t realize it was gone until we were in the car. She was so worried, and I could see she was trying to hold back the tears. We raced back up the stairs and almost ran into Randall Masaki, who had just handed the wallet to the librarian. His daughter Jennifer found it on the shelf. Thank you, Randall and Jennifer! You taught Leslie a valuable lesson about being more careful with one’s possessions.

Marya Swofford

Dear Marya,
The experience was a lesson for Jennifer, as well. “I just want her to get in the habit of doing the right thing,” says Randall Masaki. “You’re never too young to learn.”

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