To the rescue: Police officers assist stranded motorist in Kaawalii Gulch

  • Nani Malani was stranded on Highway 19 in a gulch on the Hamakua Coast when her front, driver side tire blew out. Without help from her insurance, Malani got help from police officers who changed her tire and got her out of the dangerous situation. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Nani Malani points to the tire that blew out when she was driving in a gulch on the Hamakua Coast. Without help from her insurance, Malani got help from police officers who changed her tire and got her out of the dangerous situation.

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