The Good People At Makino Chaya

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - September 05, 2007
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Dear Pamela,

I have experienced the pleasure of raising my granddaughter. She came to me from South Dakota seven years ago. There were difficulties in her adjustment to my terms and my ways, but she succeeded and now she has her B.A. in public administration from the University of Hawaii. She will continue next year in law school. We had a luncheon for her at Makino Chaya in Mililani, and it was a wonderful celebration. Please extend our appreciation to the staff, especially Roxanne and Priscilla for taking good care of all of us. Kudos to all!

Sarah Akiona


Dear Sarah,

Mililani Makino Chaya Express floor manager Roxanne Morante says it was a pleasure serving you and your party. “They were really nice, but Priscilla (Maddox) and I didn’t do anything special. It was our regular customer service.”

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Dear Pamela,

Our family went to Makino Chaya in Aloha Tower Market Place. While digging through my purse for my parking ticket I must have dropped my envelope full of my children’s birthday and Christmas money that was supposed to be deposited in their savings, but through procrastination on my part never made it there. Realizing the next day the envelope was missing from my bag, you can imagine the feeling of doom that came over me. Anyway to make a very long story short, I called Makino’s and asked the manager if they found an envelope last night. When he told me they had and it had a bunch of money in it, it had instantly restored my faith that there are still honest people in this world. I would like to give the employees of Makino a standing ovation and big mahalo from a very grateful mother. I would also like to thank my sister-in law for helping me through the whole thing with a positive attitude!

Lena Kosaka

Hawaii Kai

Dear Lena,

Joe Makino says it’s always nice to end a party on a good note. “My staff found the envelope under the table and figured it was a gift for someone,” he says. “We kept it in the safe because we knew sooner or later someone would figure it was missing. We’re happy the Kosakas had a good time.”


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Dear Pamela,

Three weeks ago, my grandson, who is mildly autistic, got out the door and ran away. I followed him up the hill until he reached the main Makakilo road. I am a cardiac patient and was quickly out of breath.

Then an angel passed by in her car and asked if she could help. She and another woman pursued him but he just ran farther away. Later, he showed up at my niece’s house.

In another incident my grandson walked out late at night when everyone was asleep. A Good Samaritan saw him on Makakilo Drive and brought him home. I want to let all these good hearted people know we thank them from the bottom of our hearts and we wish them blessings in life.

A concerned grandmother


Dear Grandma,

You and your family are courageous in shouldering the responsibility for Shaun’s care, but sometimes such challenges require professional help. If you haven’t already done so, please contact the Autism Society of

Hawaii at 228-0122 or The Variety School of Hawaii at 732-2835 might also be able to assist.

(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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