School honors woman killed in pedestrian accident
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - At Maemae Elementary School a photograph of Martha Miura sits on a shelf in a corner of the library.
"When you come in from the other door you see Aunty Martha's picture, smiling at everyone because that's what she did," librarian Sandy Domion said.
On Friday an assembly of staff and students honored Miura for her volunteer work at the school she attended a long time ago.
"Weekends she would always tell me about the special times she had here," her niece Jan Miura said.
Domion said Miura was punctual and precise, dusting shelves and straightening books and performing duties out of goodness. And always with a smile.
"Aunty Martha never said no," she said. "She sewed the couch covers that you see around our library. and every summer she would change them. She would take them home, wash them and she covered them herself."
On Aug. 16, Miura was out for a morning walk. When she crossed Kuakini Street near Bachelot Street, she was struck down. The car wasn't speeding and Miura wasn't in a crosswalk. She died of her injuries.
"We were all in shock. We couldn't believe it. Although she was 88 years old she so healthy," Maemae counselor Matt Nakamura said.
The school came up with a slogan: "Aunty Martha Would Help." Proceeds from the sale of Aunty Martha tee-shirts will buy books for the library. The school also created "Aunty Martha's Reading Corner."
"To have a corner of this library being named after her, we're just very overwhelmed and touched by their gesture," her grandniece Janelle Miura said.
Miura retired as a seamstress at Liberty House then volunteered at Maemae for twenty years. She never married, never had children, and never expected a place of honor.
She deserves it.
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