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HPD Mechanics Save The Day

Don Chapman
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July 04, 2007
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Dear Pamela,

I would like to express my sincerest mahalo to two HPD mechanics. Mr. Nashiro and Mr. Ikeda happened to be passing by on Farrington Highway when they saw me with my flat tire just past Barbers Point Road. These men were kind enough to turn around and help me. Less than five minutes later the tire was changed, enabling me to drive to Goodyear Auto Service Center in Kapolei Shopping Center.

I am truly grateful and appreciate their help and kindness in my time of need. They deserve to be commended and hugged for their efficiency and generosity.

Harriet Ahlo-Spencer


Dear Harriet,

Kelvin Nashiro and Ernest Ikeda maintain all the police vehicles at the maintenance facility on the grounds of the HPD Training Academy in Waipahu, so changing your tire was right up their alley. “We were on the way to the Kapolei station when we saw her on the side of the road. She was all alone so we said, ‘Let’s go render aid!’”

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Aloha Pamela,

I would like to give APPLAUSE to Officer K. Aiu. On March 28, I was walking my daily route around Kapiolani Park and the zoo. I was almost home, when I tripped on a tree root and fell, injuring my shin. Officer Aiu abruptly stopped his squad car - and his daily routine - and came to my aid. He was genuinely concerned and courteous. He asked if I was OK or if I needed an emergency response. I had only scrapes (and a little embarrassment), but he went the extra mile to show his aloha. Officer Aiu’s example is just another story of the good work that our police do every day. I just wanted to say, “Mahalo!”

Setsuko Nakamoto


Dear Setsuko,

“He’s a good guy, a family man,” says Waikiki Patrol District Sgt. Darren Nihei of your hero Officer Keakawaipahe Aiu. “That is so like him. Actually that evening he was on his way to assist on a robbery call when he saw her fall. She wasn’t moving, and her dog was running all over the place. Officer Aiu helped her out and then made it to the robbery scene on time.”


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Dear Pamela,

My son inadvertently placed an unsealed envelope with cash in our locked outgoing mailbox in our Iwalani subdivision in Kapolei. I drove to the Kapolei post office and Kris, one of the attendants, was so helpful with my situation. She had me fill out a form to retrieve my mail. She assured me that, as long as the mail did not go out yet, the envelope should still be in the box. She made a call to the Waipahu post office and advised them to inform our mail carrier of the retrieval - $125 in cash is a lot of money!

I’d also like to thank our carrier, Coleman. When I met him at the mailbox, he asked, “Now what did your son, Denver, do now?” Coleman has such a wonderful and caring spirit that I am so glad he is our carrier. He takes the time to meet the residents in our neighborhood. I know I was blessed with angels that day.

Susan Tolentino


Dear Susan,

Kristine Purcell and Coleman Peters of the Kapolei Post Office are happy to have been of assistance tracking down your envelope. “She came in very worried,” says Kris, who’s been with the post office for 12 years. “Her timing was good because the mail hadn’t been picked up yet. That’s the main thing.”

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