Good Things: September 16, 2010

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Let's take a look at some of the Good Things in the news...

Korean automaker Hyundai has donated $20,000 to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. The money comes from Hyundai's Hope on Wheels program and will fund cancer research. The company donates $5.00 from every sale across the country to its Hope on Wheels program. After the check presentation, some of the hospital's young cancer patients got a chance to paint a white Hyundai Santa Fe.. with their hand prints.

Tens of thousands of Mexicans went to the streets to celebrate the Bicentenary of Mexico's fight for independence from Spain. In Mexico City, a huge parade down Reforma Avenue led to a night-time fireworks display at the huge Zocalo Central Square. Hundreds of smaller celebrations took place across the country to the sounds of mariachi music, fireworks and with the streets lined with Mexican flags.

And villages in Southern Thailand who need some extra hands to harvest coconuts are turning to some "expert" climbers. They have started teaching monkeys how to pick ripe coconuts. So far at least 8 animals have learned to use their hands and feet to twist off the coconuts. They are providing some much-needed help, as most of the people in this province make their living growing, making and selling coconut-based products.

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