LETTER: Maui Mom-and-Pop Store Extends Act of Aloha Amid Visitor UncertaintyMarch 24, 2020, 11:08 AM HST · Updated March 24, 11:08 AM 6 Comments
The letter below was submitted by Peer and Rhonda Johnson of Cambria, California.
Aloha to all my Maui brothers and sisters,
We were recently vacationing on Maui for a month, as we have done every year for a decade. We love the spirt of Aloha and the spirit of this proud island. We decided to leave as soon as possible the second the situation became serious.
I went to a local mom-and-pop hardware store, Haʻikū Hardware and Garden, looking for a mask prior to our departure. My wife and I had one between us that we brought over from the US, but we were looking for another.
The gentlemen running the store said “We have none, sold out. Sorry.” I told him I was saddened as I was flying out the next day. He said, “Hold on.” He went to his car and said he had one he bought for himself last week and I could have it. I tried to pay him, he wouldn’t accept.
This man’s action, generosity and aloha made our month. He didn’t know me. He knew I was a visitor. But gave it to us regardless.
I wish all my brothers and sisters the best. We will be back.
Aloha and Mahalo,
Peer and Rhonda Johnson
*****Views expressed in LETTERS are those of the author’s alone and do not reflect or represent the opinions, policies or positions of Maui Now.*****
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