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Maui Police Honor Civilian for Warding Off Shark, Keeping Visitors Safe

February 18, 2020, 4:25 PM HST
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The Maui Police Department’s Chief Tivoli Faaumu today honored Triston Kahookele-Santos with the Department’s Civilian Medal of Valor for his help in keeping a group of visitors safe after a shark bit the paddle board of a fellow ocean goer earlier this month.

The department reports that Kahookele-Santos was about a quarter mile offshore near Wailea when a shark began attacking a standup board operated by a Washington visitor. The incident was reported on Feb. 5, 2020.

Kahookele-Santos is credited with “calmly” giving a group of five out-of-state visitors instructions on how to stay safe, and then distracting the shark as it pursued the group back to shore.

The Civilian Medal of Valor is given to members of the public who distinguish themselves above and beyond the normal performance of a citizen by outstanding bravery and at the risk of their own life.

Chief Tivoli Faaumu honors Triston Kahookele-Santos with the department’s Civilian Medal of Valor. PC: Maui Police Department

Background photo courtesy Maui Police Department. Photo inlay: Standup paddle board with shark bite. (2.5.20) PC: Hawai’i DLNR.

Triston Kahookele-Santos was honored with the Maui Police Department’s Civilian Medal of Valor. PC: Maui Police Department

Triston Kahookele-Santos was honored with the Maui Police Department’s Civilian Medal of Valor. PC: Maui Police Department

Triston Kahookele-Santos was honored with the Maui Police Department’s Civilian Medal of Valor. PC: Maui Police Department

Chief Tivoli Faaumu honors Triston Kahookele-Santos with the department’s Civilian Medal of Valor. PC: Maui Police Department

Triston Kahookele-Santos was honored with the Maui Police Department’s Civilian Medal of Valor. PC: Maui Police Department

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