In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 photo police Chief Tivoli Faaumu pins the Civilian Medal of Valor on Triston Kahookele-Santos while his mother, Marjorie Kahookele-Pea looks on, during a ceremony at the Wailuku Police Station in Hawaii. Kahookele-Santos, an Andaz Beach Crew employee, used his paddle to fight off a tiger shark that bit a guest's board Feb. 5. (Lila Fujimoto/The News via AP)
This Feb. 5, 2020 photo provided by the Maui Fire Department shows a shark bite on a paddle-board off Wailea, Hawaii. On Tuesday, Feb. 18 paddleboarder Triston Kahookele-Santos earned the Civilian Medal of Valor, the Maui Police department's highest civilian honor, for using his board to fight off an attack by a tiger shark to protect members of a tour group he was leading. (Maui Fire Department via AP)
WAILUKU A paddleboarder earned the Maui Police departments highest civilian honor for fighting off an attack by a tiger shark to protect members of a tour group he was leading.