TheBus Re­tirees Honor Korean War Vets

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - AP­PLAUSE Pamela Young

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!”

If you know some­one who de­serves some Ap­plause, send your let­ters to Pamela Young, Mid­Week Ap­plause, - name, phone num­ber and, if pos­si­ble, the phone num­ber


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