When Kokua Comes Naturally
Wednesday - September 10, 2008
I got a flat as I exited my work building on King Street and made it up to the Vineyard Zippy’s. As soon as I parked and unloaded my trunk with the spare tire, Kawika walked up and asked if I needed help. He immediately changed the flat tire. I was able to get my daughter at school and then head over to a performance in Waikiki. Many thanks to Kawika for being there to kokua. He did so with ha’a ha’a (humbleness) and pono (goodness).
Kawika Kaleopa’a, a lineman for a communications company, says this must be flat-tire season. Yours was the second he changed in the past month. If this happened to my wife or daughter, I would like someone to be just as helpful.”
I would like to thank Steven of Ala Moana Longs for helping me with the items I wanted to purchase. I had forgotten this store did not have shopping carts and my list of items included some heavy liquids.
I picked up four cans of chicken broth and thought this is all I can manage. Suddenly a young man named Steven appeared from nowhere and said he would help me. Now I could complete my list of liquid detergents, etc. He took it to the cashier for me, waited patiently while I paid and took my bags to my car. He really made my day. Today, when people are so busy to give a hand, this young man courteously helped me to the end. I had hip surgery six months ago, and while I’m 77, I am not bent over, so I do not know how he knew I needed help.
Steven Rodrigues has been with Longs for more than three years. “Obviously Steven is an employee who cares about the customers,” says Bob Ingersoll, group vice president, Hawaii region. “We strive to be attentive without the customer asking. Steven has done that. We’re proud of him.”
My son found a Canon memory stick on the sidewalk between the public park and Lehua Elementary School. It contained pictures and mini movies of a young local woman at the hospital before giving birth to a little girl. My husband and I tried to zoom in on the hospital bracelets, but were unsuccessful.
I posted a sign at the park, but have gotten no response. I know that this is very important to someone and I would like to return it to them. The mother appeared to be young, no more than early 20s. The baby girl was born on June 20, 2008. There are pictures of relatives or friends with her and holding the baby.
Mrs. Stormy Cole
Lehua Elementary School
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