Mahalo to good Samaritans
On Friday evening, Jan. 12, after getting a rental car at the Lihue Airport, the front tire on the passenger side exploded and the car stopped. I was on the way to Poipu.
As I was calling the rental agency, four good Samaritans pulled up from the opposite side of the street and asked to install the optional tire. They changed the tire in a very short time, only the rim was showing and the back tire was bald. They then assisted me back to the rental agency, with one of the women riding with me. They were very concerned for the car and my well-being.
I will never forget their kindness and helpfulness to a visitor to the island. I only got their first names. They are Eleana, Kip, Mike and Lena. They were four good Samaritans who helped and simply stated “that is what we do” when I tried to reward them. Thank you so much, my angels from heaven.
Hedy Brales, Lombard, Illinois
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I am a yearly visitor to your beautiful island. We stay in Kilauea town. On Saturday the 13 of January my wife and I set out to shop at a grocery store in Princeville around 8 in the morning. We arrived at the store and my cell phone lit up with a text stating a ballistic missile was headed to Hawaii and it was not a drill!
Once inside the store we found people crying and very upset not knowing what to do. After about 10 minutes the store announced it was closing its doors. Now everyone is glued to their phones but no information other than seek shelter and do not go outside!
The store personal were very professional in the way they kept their cool but missed the boat on not bringing people into the store and not turn them away. I always try to find the good in events out of my control and feel this is your wake up call to have visible instructions posted in and around buildings that would harbor people with no place to go. Thank you.
Peter Edgar, Washington State