Heart of Honolulu: A Sweet 4-Year-Old Shoutout, Menehune Magic and Dreamy Deliveries

Each week HONOLULU magazine readers and staff show aloha for small acts of kindness.

Mahalo Mondays is a chance to say “tanks eh” to an individual who showed kindness, generosity and compassion in this challenging time. Tell us about a small act of goodness that you encountered or heard about so that we can share and inspire the aloha. Email us at staceym@honolulumagazine.com or tag us @honolulumag on Instagram or Facebook.




“My kids are into week six of distance learning, and now more than ever we want to show appreciation and thanks for the wonderful teachers in their lives. I’m incredibly grateful to have educators who still continue to nurture their growth and education (with great success!) despite new challenges and living situations.”

—Christy Yamada, Hawai‘i Kai


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“I am a strong believer in the sentiment that chocolate makes everything better. This has proven to be even more true for me during the #StayAtHome #WorkFromHome mandate. One day I received a whole box of chocolate-y goodness in the mail from our good friend, Susan, owner of Menehune Mac. This was during the first week of April, and to be honest, I was feeling a little down. Opening the box and finding my absolute FAVORITE Green Tea Matcha Crunch (Susan knows!!) along with their addicting Menehune Munch Mix, Coconut Cookies and Milk Chocolates nearly made me cry. I was just so touched to receive such a thoughtful surprise. Their chocolate always tastes good, but this batch was the best batch. Thank you, Susan, for always bringing more joy to the world with your chocolates!”

—Jessica Leong, Central O‘ahu


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“In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I’d like to extend a BIG MAHALO to my children’s teachers. Micah’s teacher, Mrs. Nohara, has been working so hard during this extended learning-from-home period. Hosting daily webcaster meetings and checking in on him, and me, to make sure nothing falls through the cracks goes above and beyond. Megan’s teachers, Kumu Rochelle, Kumu Sheila and Kumu Michelle, have provided great support and resources for distance learning. And, they’re also preparing her for her transition from preschool to kindergarten. I feel truly blessed to have these wonderful educators be a part of my children’s lives, especially during this difficult time. Love them all.”

—Michelle Leslie-Pa, Hawai‘i Kai


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“For the past three weeks, Tiare Thomas from Aloha Dream Board has been putting together care packages for health care workers and other public service members. She started it all on an Instagram group chat, requesting donations from her friends as well as other small-business owners she knows. People have been giving things such as ‘thank you for your service’ letters, self-care products, masks, hand sanitizers and artwork! It is so beautiful to see the community coming together to say MAHALO to the men and women who are working so hard for us!”

—Emily Jaime, Honolulu