On Sunday, I awoke to an overcast morning feeling a little glum, and then smelled our beautiful Christmas tree still tied up and sitting in a bucket of water in our living room.
Then I saw the front page of the Tribune-Herald and the picture of the lovely Christmas trees adorning the living room of Mr. Ed Kuhn and Mr. John Denker. I couldn’t help but smile as the joy of the season filled me again. How wonderful and inviting their home must be!
Mahalo, Ed and John, for sharing your holiday spirit, and a big welcome to our neighborhood.
Well, time to decorate my tree! Merry Christmas to all!
My wife and I went to Panda Express late Saturday night after some shopping. Unfortunately, I struck a curb in the turn lane on Makaala Street and our left front tire went flat as we entered the parking lot.
Since I am past the tire-changing age, I tried calling vehicle emergency response companies to no avail. Only one answered but did not have anyone on duty to respond.
While I waited in the car, my wife sought volunteer help from customers at Panda Express and Home Depot.
About 10 minutes after she left, I heard a cheerful, “Uncle, we are here to change your tire.”
Four young men and a young woman, customers from Panda Express, arrived. The team of five cheerfully worked together and changed the tire in the rain.
As a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, I was extremely impressed by their ability and attitude as they solved our problem.
As the team finished, two Home Depot workers, a young woman and man, also arrived to help. They stayed and provided shelter for my wife in the young woman’s car.
Mahalo to all, their parents and the Hilo aloha spirit!
‘Yes’ to letters
I want to say “yes” to both letters appearing in the Dec. 1 Commentary section.
Alana Miller is exactly right when she cautions about labeling the opponents to the Thirty Meter Telescope other than people of goodwill dedicated to protecting the sanctity of our aina. That mindset, which by and large is not accurate, would cause a much greater breach in feeling between the pros and cons than needs to exist.
No matter who wins or loses in the end, the massive effort the protesters have made will cause future potential developers to think twice before deciding to build on sacred land. Even though it appears that the TMT will be built, their valiant objections will not have been entirely in vain.
And another “yes” to the kindness lesson by Lynne Farr. I am so very grateful to be living here at this time in history. After hearing the world and national news, it is very healing to interact with our community, where kindness abounds not just in Hilo but Honokaa and Waimea, as well.
I’m happy someone thought to point this out.