The Community Spirit Of Kaimuki
Wednesday - October 04, 2006
I went to have dinner with my friend at Kim Chee’s in Kaimuki. After an enjoyable dinner, we decided to head over to Kahala Mall, so we hopped in my truck and got ready to leave. But as it turns out, my car wouldn’t start! I had a loose wire to my battery. I wanted to thank all the people who tried to help me with jumper cables, and even helped me push my truck back into a stall when I backed out to get a jump and was blocking traffic. It’s wonderful to see a group of people willing to help someone else in need without a second thought. I wish I could have gotten their names, but if they read this they have my gratitude! Thanks once again from this grateful teen.
You had the good fortune to have your misfortune happen in Kaimuki.
“Our community has always pulled together,” says D.J. Colbert, owner of Prosperity Corner.
“We are an older neighborhood, so we know each other and we’re always aware of when help is needed. Sometimes a senior falls on the way to the bank, sometimes someone has car trouble. The shop and restaurant owners all come outside and pitch in. The other day I noticed an elderly man sitting at the bus station with no shoes. Just on a hunch I struck up a conversation. He was a little disoriented so I called police and sure enough, he had wandered away from his caregiver.
“When you live and work in Kaimuki, you learn to take care of each other.”
I want to give a great big mahalo to the person (angel) who found my car and house keys and turned in to the salesgirl at Hot Dog on a Stick in the Windward Mall. I lost my keys the night before and thought they might be at the Regal Cinema. The next day I went to the mall, but the theater was still closed. I saw three security officers and asked if anyone turned in a set of keys to them. One of them asked, “To a Chrysler?” Someone dropped off a set of keys to the girls at Hot Dog on a Stick. Thanks to my angel and the Hot Dog on the Stick personnel for calling security so I could be reunited with my keys!
Tiffany Iwamoto, Chrissie Fraticelli and Sharelle Tarayao of Windward Mall’s Hot Dog on a Stick are relieved you have your keys back. “This happens all the time,” says Sharelle. “We’re one of the brightest stores at the mall, so people like to turn in lost items to us. I know if I lost my keys, I would be frantic!”
I loaded a lot of groceries into my car and drove home, not knowing I’d left my
purse in the shopping cart in the parking lot at Foodland Market City. There was a message on my answering machine from the Foodland courtesy desk telling me my purse was there, before I even realized it was missing!
“She was so happy when we contacted her,” says Foodland marketing/communications assistant Summer Ornellas. “We know how important it is for customers to get back their lost items. Mrs. Ikeda wrote a letter to our office, and since this is a team the entire store was recognized for their efforts.”
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