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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Thursday, November 25, 1999


Mahalo to all of
Hawaii’s great people

Happy Thanksgiving! As traditional as turkey and pumpkin pie this day, we devote this column to letting readers say mahalo to people who took the time to prove we're all lucky to live in Hawaii:

Mahalo

Bullet To whoever found my wallet in a cart at Safeway Kapolei on Veterans Day. I didn't notice it was missing until after we went to the beach. When I called Safeway, they said someone had turned it in. -- Harriet Tampon, Maui

Bullet To "Gabe" Gabriel, who works at the Beretania Foodland, who came to my rescue when he saw me standing next to my car when I had a flat tire on Tuesday, Nov. 2, next to Handi Pantry at Koko Head and Harding avenues. -- M.K.W.

Bullet To Todd Smith of East Honolulu, who found my wallet and promptly tried to reach me after I was resigned to taking a loss. He insisted on not taking a reward. Our community would benefit by having more people like him! -- Cliff Lum

Bullet To the manager and staff of Longs Drugs-Hawaii Kai and shoppers who came to the aid of our niece when she fainted on Sunday, Nov. 14. Among them: a lady shopper who lent us her cellular phone; Andrew, another shopper, who carried her from the store to our car; a salesgirl, who put a towel over our niece to keep her warm; and the manager, who assisted throughout our ordeal. It is heartwarming to know there are so many caring people. -- Rose and Ruth

Bullet To whoever is responsible for street light maintenance. I complained one night recently about a broken light and it was back on by the next night. People often criticize government workers but, in this case, the city worked real fast and deserve a mahalo. -- D.R.

Bullet To Mr. and Mrs. Nakamura. On Nov. 12, I was on my way to the Nuuanu hospice. When I boarded TheBus, I asked if it was going in that direction. The driver said yes, but it turned out to be the wrong bus. Mr. and Mrs. Nakamura, who live in Liliha, took me to the hospice. There are so many kind people in the world one wouldn't otherwise know. -- E.F.

Bullet To Roberta Lee and Michael Cote for their immediate response in calling for an ambulance and police on Nov. 10 when I was involved in a biking accident on Kalanianaole Highway. I am recovering and doing well. -- E.S.K

Bullet To the kind young woman carrying balloons who saw that I had left my umbrella on the No. 4 bus when I got off at Queen's Medical Center and who brought it to me after she got off at Punchbowl and Beretania on Saturday, Nov. 13. I was feeling down and then I looked up and saw her coming toward me, waving the umbrella! -- Diane Moceri

Bullet To the gentleman who returned my Palm Pilot organizer that fell out of my truck three months ago. He found my business card in the organizer, then walked from downtown to Queen's Medical Center to drop it off. -- Scott M.

Bullet To Tony Noel for finding my eyeglass case, which contained many important cards that would have taken time to replace. He refused a reward, proving that there are still honest people out there. -- Wayne C.

Tapa

Bullet To all our readers who have called, written, e-mailed and faxed in words of support and appreciation since the owners of the Star-Bulletin announced they would shut down the newspaper on Oct. 30. We hope to be here next Thanksgiving to continue Kokua Line's tradition of saying: Mahalo to all the great people of Hawaii!





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