Above and beyond the call of duty

Whether it’s about a uniformed officer, an ocean goer, or a environmentally friendly dog walker, The Garden Island readers offered stories of neighbors and strangers doing good.

One reader told about a local guy from Hanapepe Heights, who has for years walked the neighborhood with his black lab and picks up trash along the way.

“I recently saw him on the highway heading west with a trash bag full of rubbish,” the reader wrote. “Just want all the aloha to go to this gentleman.”

• One person called in to tell of the time a car full of elderly people was stalled on a road in Lawai. So it was nice to see when a Kauai police office stopped, got out and pushed the car so they could get it off the road.

“He did something really great for someone,” the caller said.

• One story borders on heroism.

Steve Soltysik was paddling his outrigger canoe in Kalapaki Bay with his friends and co-owners of the canoe, Meph Wyeth Andy Bushnell and Andy’s daughter. The surf was rough and they came across two men on paddleboards, one exhausted and struggling to get back on his rented board.

Steve jumped in and he and his friends helped one of the men get into the canoe. The other man was able to paddle the surfboard to shore.

“I for one would love for all of these kinds of rescues to be in the paper, because it could be any of us out there, and it’s great to know that strangers are looking out for us,” the reader wrote.

• A big shoutout is going to Rich at Kuhio Motors.

Rich saw an older dog that wandered away from home and was walking along busy Rice Street and then in the Ace Hardware parking lot.

Rich realized the dog was in danger of being hit and was lost. He went out and tied a short rope to the dog for a leash, got the license information attached to the collar and called his son Jonny at the Kauai Humane Society.

Jonny in turn called the dog owner and said his dad had a stray dog and that it was likely his. It was. The dog was returned safe, sound and happy, thanks to Rich.

• One caller left his laptop at the Lihue airport checkpoint and didn’t realize it.

He was waiting for a plane when it was announced a laptop had been left at checkpoint and asked the owner to return for it.

“It was then I became aware I was missing mine and ran back to get it,” the caller said, adding that the laptop was there waiting for him when he got there. “Big relief. And I still made the plane.”

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