THOMAS “TOMMY” KAM SINGTHOMAS TOMMY KAM SING Thomas "Tommy" Kam Sing, 84, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on March 15, 2016 at his residence in Waimea, Hawaii with his daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and North Hawaii Hospice lovingly surrounding him after a year battle with lung and brain cancer. Tommy was born on June 22, 1931 to Tom Kam Sing of Lahaina and Katherine Kaupena Iseke Sing of Kohala. Known as Tommy for most of his life, he attended Maryknoll and McKinley and excelled in all sports, and was an all star player in basketball and football. It was in high school he started printing pineapple labels at Dole Cannery and shortly after graduating in 1950, he pursued printing as a trade and made it his vocation. For nine years he worked in the trade, serving out his apprenticeship and became a Journeyman Lithographer at the Honolulu Lithograph Company. Two years later Tommy became President of the Graphic Communication International Union, Local 501. He served 16 years in the United States Naval Reserves. As a member of Civil Service Commission for the City & County of Honolulu and for the State of Hawaii, he served under 7 Governors from John A. Burns to Neil Abercrombie. His effective accomplishment was making historic changes for the Police and Fire Departments. Before changes were made, the police force had only one woman officer and the fire department had none. Tommy also helped create opportunities for HPD management, when rank of Major was held by only one individual. By 2008, there were 26 rank Major positions. Tommy served as a board member for 10 years on the Hawaii Dental Service, 9 years with Hawaii Public Television, 8 years with Aloha United Way, 8 years with Waimea Preservation Association, 4 years with Hawaii Island Y.M.C.A., Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club and consecutive terms as a member of the Correction Industries Advisory Committee under several Governors as his term was set to end in June of 2016. He was passionate while serving on the Prison Boards to create programs and jobs for Hawaiians and native born islanders to have transitional work release programs and jobs after being released from prison. He enjoyed his family, reading, traveling, hunting, fishing, watching professional sports, world history and a few of his favorite pasttimes was photography, photo collecting and gardening. Tommy is survived by his wife, Jan, daughters Katherine Kehaunani Kahalewai, Pua'ala Sing-Bishaw, grandchildren, Loveal, Makana, Maluhia, Nani, Ben (preceded), Beth, great grandchildren, Jana, Jaden, Kamo'i, Kahekili, Kingston, Hawanaolu and TukuahoManoa. Celebration service at Diamond Head Memorial Chapel, on Saturday, April 23, 9:30-10:30 Visitation, 10:30 Service, 12:45 Inurnment, Aloha attire.
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