TheBus Retirees Honor Korean War Vets
Dear Pamela, I have been reading this column in MidWeek for a long time and never thought I would be writing to you, too. On Sept. 5, around 12:40 p.m., I saw a Hawaiian Telcom truck pull into our curb. Steve got out of the truck and walked into my carport. He asked if I was Christabel, and told me he found my wallet by Road. I was in shock, as I didn’t even notice that my wallet had fallen out of the bag. I went into the house to find out if I had a hole in my bag, and for goodness sake, I didn’t even thank him for his kindness. Everything … credit cards, money, was inside my wallet. to thank him, Steve didn’t act like he had done a great thing. I am truly grateful to Steve and his coworker who drove up to my house to return the wallet. I would have ended up in a terrible situation if the wallet had been picked up by the wrong person. And last but not least, I thank APPLAUSE for providing a place for me to thank Steve of Hawaiian Tel. Christabel Iha
Pearl City Dear Christabel, “The Hawaiian Telcom employee who found and returned Ms. Iha’s wallet is Steven Hu, who celebrated his 30-year work anniversary this year,” says Ann Nishida Fry, senior manager, corporate communications for Hawaiian Telcom. “He is a technician who serves businesses primarily in West He had stopped at our Pearl work and saw the wallet on the ground near the crosswalk. He said he was glad he wrong hands’ and told his supervisor that he was going to take it to Ms. Iha’s residence right away. We’re so proud to have outstanding, dedicated employees like Steven on our Hawaiian Telcom team!” Dear Pamela, Every Tuesday, without fail, - erans gather at Like Like Drive Inn restaurant for breakfast. The management of Like Like have been wonderful support- ers in adopting this band of aging warriors, setting up a long table towards the rear of the restaurant just for them.
Last week, t he servers quietly handed over a card, explaining that a group of angels had paid for their breakfasts. The note was signed by TheBus Retirees Group, who apparently also gathered at Like Like for breakfast. The note explained that they were “HONORED for your past military service to our country” … noting, “This breakfast treat is a small token of appreciation for your service.” The group of retired bus drivers is full of angels themselves and includes veterans of the Vietnam and Gulf wars! They wished the you all continue to meet for many more get-togethers and good health and continued fun happy times be in your future.” thank these wonderful retirees of TheBus. Please help us thank these angels for their Aloha and Walt Ozawa Dear Walt, TheBus Retirees Group consists of more than 100 former bus operators, mechanics, and clerical and
- courage us, to trust us, to offer hope when we’ve lost our own, to help us see new perspectives and to help us grow by challenging us to our very core. It’s the people in our lives that teach us about love — both appreciate the people that bring such value to your journey of life. support staff that meet every second Tuesday of each month at various restaurants for breakfast and fellowship.
“When we heard that the Korean War Veterans Association was having their weekly breakfast on Sept. 12 at Like Like Drive Inn, just prior to our group’s get-together, we felt this great generation of our fathers, mothers, uncles and aunties should be honored for their past honorable military service,” say coordinators Albert Kai and Lowell Tom.
“Paying for their breakfast was a small token of appreciation. Their group has been together for over 40 years and have had their weekly meetings for over 20 years. Surprisingly, our group has a few Korean War veterans, too, who later had careers at TheBus. As retirees of TheBus, we feel great to share the ‘aloha’ with all we meet!”
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