Hawaii County’s finest: Police officer, residents honored for rescue

  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Officer Reuben Pukahi receives the Haweo Award for going above and beyond the call of duty Tuesday at the West Hawaii County Council Chambers.

  • Community Policing Sgt. Mike Hardie, left stands with Haweo Award recipients Chayden Palomares, Rhinehart Jensen, Officer Reuben Pukahi, Damian Nelson, Herby Lee and Councilman Holeka Inaba Tuesday in Council Chambers at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

A Kona police officer and five residents were honored by the County Council Tuesday for heroic efforts that saved the lives of two women caught in high surf last year.