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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Tuesday, July 4, 2000

Reasons we’re lucky
we live Hawaii

It's the Fourth of July and a good time to let readers share their mahalos and let us know why they think they're lucky to live in Hawaii, U.S.A:



Bullet To Vern Hoffman and his family who stopped to help my family fix a flat tire on Sunday, June 11. He let us use his car jack and helped us lift the car and direct traffic. His children and he refused to accept any monetary gratuity. We thank them for epitomizing the aloha spirit by coming to the rescue of total strangers in their yellow Xterra. -- Anonymous

Bullet To the anonymous person who put up flares following an accident at 3 p.m June 8 on the Pali Highway by Laimi St. -- No name

Bullet To the kind person who turned in my husband's cell phone. He had just come back from his aunt's funeral on June 10 and unknowingly dropped his phone when he opened his car door. Someone was nice enough to take it to customer service at Aina Haina Foodland. We hope we can return the kindness to other people. -- Mrs. Liu

Bullet To the staff of the Hawaii state quarantine station at Halawa Valley for doing such a tremendous job with the animals there. They are so caring and keep them clean and loved. -- No Name

Bullet To three strangers. I was with friends and clients at the Mai Tai Bar late on the night of June 13. As I headed out to the parking lot, three people in a truck asked if I was OK to drive. I said I was, but they took it upon themselves to help. One gal drove my car to my house in Kaimuki while the others followed us, getting me home safely. They were like angels watching over me. I hope they see this to know how grateful I am. -- John Ishikawa

Bullet To a kind and caring couple and young man for helping me move my stalled car off the H-1 freeway on Wednesday, May 31. Although driving ahead of me, Terry (and his wife, Amy) of Iroquois Point) saw me through his rear-view mirror. Also, Max Castillo of the Wal-Mart Kunia didn't hesitate to use his personal car, time and gas to help. It was my lucky day to meet them. -- K. Nakaganeku

Bullet To Hawaiian Airlines for the aloha they showed in handling our so-called "lost luggage" in Los Angeles. Imagine our dismay when we pulled up to LAX, only to realize that the shuttle had left behind half our luggage in Anaheim. Hawaiian offered to send our luggage, when it arrived, on a later flight. -- June Tom, Vickie Hetue, Elaine Kamibayashi

Bullet To Nainoa Kimura and Chris Talle, who were most supportive to a stranger after my recent car collision. Auwe to the impatient driver who tried to get around me and caused the collision. -- The Stranger

Bullet On June 23, I was returning some books to the book drop outside the Salt Lake Moanalua Library when I hit my head. The pain was so intense I didn't notice I knocked out one of my hearing aids until I was four miles away. A most kind and caring person returned it to the library in perfect working condition. My deepest mahalo nui loa. -- A Senior

Bullet To police officers Mae Kim and John Agena who found my daughter Saturday afternoon June 17. She was missing for 45 minutes. -- Mario Tabaquin

Bullet To a paramedic wearing a "Michigan Band" T-shirt who comforted our father when he collapsed at the Ala Moana Shirokiya and stayed until other paramedics arrived. We did not get his name, but thank him for stepping up to help in Dad's time of need. Mahalo also to Shirokiya management and security for their aid and concern. Dad is fine now. Mahalo to all for enabling us to have a Happy Fathers' Day -- No Name

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