This day in history
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.’”
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.
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.