The Tight Mililani Community

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - April 06, 2005
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Dear Pamela,
I lost my new cell phone in the parking lot at Mililani Town Center in front of Longs. Fortunately, Paul Connell found it and and turned it in to the manager. Paul went out of his way to make sure my phone was returned to me. I’m grateful to the professional staff at Longs for helping me, and I’m especially thankful to Paul for his honesty, sincerity and thoughtfulness. I’m lucky to live in Mililani with such good neighbors like Paul.

By the way, it’s refreshing and inspiring to read about people doing nice things for other people in APPLAUSE.

Pam Dittrick

Dear Pam,
And you are lucky that Mililani is a tight community. “I was walking into Longs and saw a black phone on the ground,” says HMSA marketing manager Paul Connell. “I flipped it open, scrolled through the address book and found “Mom,” who I called. When Pam showed up to pick up the phone I said, “I know you, don’t I?” It turns out I know her husband, Tim, through Mililani Youth Baseball. I had seen Pam before at games. Small world.”

Dear Pamela,
My husband and I are now the proud parents of Mindy and Meow, two orange tiger kittens from a shelter. We are raising them to be outdoor cats, which means enclosed areas until they get to know the neighborhood.

Of course, cats being cats, they were curious and within a couple of days had broken through the cardboard barrier on our porch. I’d like to thank Tyler Manning and Jennice Hasegawa, children of our neighbors, for finding our kittens and keeping them safe until we came home from work.

Tyler and Jennice, you can come over and play with M & M anytime!

Lana and Ben Morie
Ewa Beach

Dear Lana and Ben,
Looks like the M & M team may have found some playmates. “My husband has asthma, so Jennice has had only a pet turtle,” says Julie Hasegawa. “It’s nice to know she can be play with the Mories’kittens and participate in their growing up.”

Dear Pamela,
I’d like to acknowledge someone who deserves much APPLAUSE. Mark Hironaka of Mama’s Korean Kitchen in Kapahulu witnessed my car being hit. The person was driving away and Mark ran out of his restaurant to prevent the person from fleeing. He then supported and stood by me through the whole incident.

From an unpleasant situation I have met a wonderful and caring person. He’s shown my family great customer service not just through our stomachs with his onolicious food, but also through his compassion.

Lynn Matsumura

Dear Lynn,
“A pizza-delivery driver was parked in the wrong area and security told him to move,” says Mark Hironaka. “I was at the cash register, so I had a full view of everything that went on. The driver was impatient and tried to squeeze out of the stall, but he scraped the right side of her car. I knew it was her car because she had just come in to pick up food. When I saw he was going to leave, I ran out and said ‘eh bra, you hit the car.’ Then I talked to the manager of the pizza place and he made sure the damage would be taken care of. She’s my customer, so I had to stick up for her, yeah?”

(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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