Murphy earned general stars, too
My congratulations to Lt. Gen. Joseph Peterson on his most deserving promotion ("From Hanabata boy to 3-star general," Star-Bulletin, Dec. 12
I would, however, like to add another general to your list of "Notable Hawaiian Officers." That of Brig. Gen. Forrest Murphy, now deceased, of the Army Reserve here in Hawaii. Murphy was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Hawaii.
I remember how proud his friends and family were when he was promoted. He was an officer and a gentleman.
Kamehameha Schools welcomes all races
Re: "So much for having a color-blind society" (Letters, Star-Bulletin, Dec. 11
): Brother, you are all wet if you think Kamehameha Schools only allows Hawaiian kids. You say, how would people feel if we had Samoan or Tongan or any type of "only one race" school in Hawaii. You are all wet again. At Kamehameha Schools, we are not prejudiced. Why? Because we have all the races that God has created on this Earth attending. They are Japanese, Caucasian, Chinese, Vietnamese, African American, Indonesian, Korean, Fijian, Maori, Alaskan and many more.
Here is the catch to all this, your child must have a minute amount of Hawaiian blood to qualify for entrance -- but even having pure Hawaiian blood does not guarantee admittance. So if you or anyone else wants their child to attend, Brudda, please marry one Hawaiian. There are all kinds of colors at Kamehameha, not like some states on the mainland.
Lloyd Y. Yamasaki
Where can a guy go to really hoof it?
People on this island want to dance, but there are few places to dance. The Ala Wai Multipurpose Recreation Facility was built with the most beautiful dance floor in the Pacific. However, it is a multipurpose center -- for meetings, glee clubs and other activities. There are many recreation centers around Oahu that already have the plumbing, the electrical and the parking. They just need a good dance floor. But nobody moves. No one wants to do it for this frivolous activity. We need more people to say something.
Service lives at Kahala station
In these days of self-service gas stations, imagine my surprise to learn that there are service stations with aloha and a smile. Kahala Shell on Waialae Avenue across from Zippy's provides assistance to the disabled. They will assist you with filling up your gas tank and charge you only self-service prices. You simply drive up to the self-service pump, beep your horn twice and an attendant will assist you -- and smile, to boot!
Perhaps if more gas stations followed the exemplary service of Kahala Shell, more gas stations would turn a profit, thus, perhaps lower gas prices for all, as well as a return of the "service" to service stations. I would love to see this happen here in Hawaii vs. the "self-service."
Even after I move, I will still drive to Kahala Shell. Why? Because of the service with a smile and the courtesy extended to the handicapped. No other gas station I know of has demonstrated this willingness to cater to the public. Well done, Kahala Shell!