This day in his­tory

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - MIXED PLATE - This Day in His­tory is com­piled by Bran­don Halea­mau for the Tri­buneHer­ald us­ing news­pa­per ar­chives. When­ever pos­si­ble, the news ac­counts pro­vided in this col­umn were taken ver­ba­tim from the news­pa­per.

1942

Fel­low po­lice of­fi­cers are call­ing Spe­cial Of­fi­cer Henry Chong “Dr. Stork.”

Chong, as am­bu­lance driver on the 6 p.m.-6 a.m. watch, has driven more than 100 ma­ter­nity cases to Hilo Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in the past six months.

Only since Dec. 7 and the ad­vent of the blackout has the job of night am­bu­lance driver be­come so im­por­tant at the po­lice sta­tion.

“Peo­ple used to drive the ex­pec­tant mother to the hos­pi­tal them­selves,” said Sgt. Rogers Ah Moo. “Now, it has be­come our re­spon­si­bil­ity and Of­fi­cer Chong, from all re­ports, has done very well, be­hind the wheel. So he’s be­ing dubbed ‘Dr. Stork.’”

1967

A sec­ond en­trance to the Univer­sity of Hawaii Hilo Cam­pus soon will be pro­vided by road devel­op­ment money re­leased by Gov. John Burns.

The new en­trance will be on the Puna side of the present cam­pus. It will open onto Kaw­ili Street, which was ex­tended from Ki­noole Street. Plan­ning funds in the amount of $12,000 were re­leased, Burns in­formed the county Wednesday.

The state will re­lease con­struc­tion funds as soon as the plan­ning is com­pleted, the gover­nor said.

1992

John Kalawe might still be in con­struc­tion to­day had it not been for his wife, Joann.

“She wanted me to be a po­lice­man,” Kalawe said while look­ing at his smil­ing wife seated across from him at their din­ing room ta­ble.

Kalawe was a 23-yearold con­struc­tion worker when his wife sug­gested he take the exam to be­come a po­lice of­fi­cer. He took the po­lice of­fi­cer and fire­fighter tests and passed both but the Po­lice Depart­ment called him first.

Kalawe, now 49, will be hang­ing up his badge after a fruit­ful, 26-year ca­reer with the Hawaii Po­lice Depart­ment. His last day at work is Thursday.

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