April 3, 2009 – Hilo, Hawaii
VIDEO: Tim O Bryan
Officers from the Hawaii Police Department put down their guns and picked up the squeegees for the 4th Annual “Fueling Dreams” for Special Olympics on Thursday and Friday.
“Fueling Dreams,” is part of the “Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run,” and is a coordinated project of the Hawaii Police Department and Tesoro-Hawaii for the purpose of raising awareness and funds for the athletes of Special Olympics Hawaii.
Off-duty officers, volunteer department employees and Tesoro-Hawaii employees provided customers with the full service fill up, and even cleaned their windows.
Tesoro-Hawaii also offered discounted gas, free balloons and other incentives for patrons of this event. All that was asked in return was a donation to Special Olympics Hawaii. “Fueling Dreams” is being held simultaneously throughout the state of Hawaii. The Hilo event, shown in the footage above (courtesy videographer Tim Bryan) is being held at the Tesoro gas station on Kamehameha Avenue at the corner of Ponahawai Street. On the Kona side, the event is being held at the Tesoro gas station on Queen Ka’ahumanu just north of the Kealakehe police station.
According to the media release, “Chief Harry S. Kubojiri encourages the public to support his officers’ efforts by patronizing the Tesoro-Hawaii stations and donating to Special Olympics of East and West Hawai’i. The Hawai’i Police Department proudly sponsors these events that continue to emphasize the department’s commitment to its core values of compassion, teamwork and community satisfaction.”