The Good Sports At Kaimuki High

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - June 08, 2005
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Dear Pamela,
I went walking at the Kaimuki High School basketball court for my exercise and decided to watch the baseball game that was going on across the court. I watched three innings and suddenly blacked out and fell to the ground.

A nice couple came to my aid and offered me a bottle of water, and stayed at my side until I felt better. I am so sorry I did not get their names, but I am so grateful to them. Also thanks to my son’s friends at Kaimuki High. Lot of APPLAUSE to all of you.

Lillian Miyashiro

Dear Lillian,
“It was vice principal Ronald Oyama who came running,” says your son Neal (in the Kaimuki High Special Education Department). “There was a football clinic going on at the time, so he called over Dr. Darryl Kan, the football physician, who determined my mom might have been woozy from dehydration.”

Dear Pamela,
Thank you and MidWeek for your APPLAUSE column. This allows many of us to recognize people in our community who do many wonderful things for others with no thought of any compensation for themselves. One such person is Mrs. Mary Sakai of Kaneohe. She faithfully returns our rubbish containers from the sidewalk to our garages twice a week. She will do this task nearly every rubbish collection day, rain or shine. We live in a subdivision of more than 70 homes. She will travel the entire area to perform this service. I believe Mrs. Sakai deserves much APPLAUSE for unselfishly helping her neighbors in her own special way.

Mervyn Rickard

Dear Mervyn,
Your neighborhood Samaritan and watchdog is so grateful to live in such a terrific community. She wouldn’t tell me her age, but confirmed she’s over 80. “I do feel strong and I’ve got muscles, you know,” says Mary Sakai. “I enjoy doing this because it looks nicer and makes the neighborhood safer.” In the afternoon, she takes another walk through the subdivision “to keep an eye on things. People come out and say hello to me. This is the best neighborhood!”

Dear Pamela,

We finished dinner at Flamingo Restaurant on Kapiolani, then found that our car battery was dead. We went back inside to borrow the phone book. The hostess asked one of the waitresses if she knew whom we could call. Lily then said she had jumper cables in her car. She went to get them and came back with Herbert, who brought his car over to ours. Herbert helped jump-start our car. We were then able to drive to Sears and purchase a new battery. We would like to send APPLAUSE to Lily and Herbert.

Jason and Lenora Shiota

Dear Jason and Lenora,
Architect Herbert Matsumura just happened to be in the restaurant when bartender and night manager Lily Keone pressed him into service. “My office is upstairs, so I’m in the Flamingo quite often. This isn’t the first time regular customers have lent a helping hand to others. I was happy to help.”

(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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