Summarized by Vickie Speek
She sees Kapolei's needs, answers them
Honolulu HI Star-Bulletin 14Jun99 L5
By Rod Ohira: Star-Bulletin
Paula Loring suffers from Scheie's syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that
has affected her vision, hearing and heart. She can no longer drive, work,
or even walk very far, but it hasn't stopped her from making a difference.
Even though Loring, 53, is basically confined to her Kumu Iki Village home
in Kapolei, Hawaii, she has started a neighborhood watch, PTA, family
center, park and more.
Loring, winner of the Campbell Estate's 1999 Kapolei Outstanding
Achievement (KOA) award for community service, has successfully presented
community issues to officials.
"I can't physically work, so I do community work on my own time and
pace...I think the key is to have a positive attitude about the problem and
to go in with a solution in mind," she said. "If you have an answer for
the problem, they are more likely to listen than if you go in and
complain." The satisfaction of helping others is her reward, she says.