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HPD HISTORY: 1940's act of kindness visits Chief
In 1946 William Hoopai had been appointed the Chief of Police for the Honolulu Police Department. During his tenure, two well known Hollywood actors named Jack Elam and William Boyd, better known as "Hop-along Cassidy" were planning a rodeo event in Honolulu.
The rodeo came to Honolulu for 3 days attracting local spectators wanting to see the popular performance of Hop-along Cassidy and his wonder-horse Topper. The duo was very popular among children during this time and performed with other troupe members at the rodeo.
Upon the completion of the rodeo and before he left Honolulu for the Mainland, Hop-along Cassidy met with Chief Hoopai, and in a gesture of generosity, presented a check to Chief Hoopai to be used by the HPD for police related programs.
In the movies, Hop-along Cassidy was known to wear a spotted tie as he rode his white horse Topper. The character he played on the screen was a good guy who always found a way to win in the end. In real-life he was also a very kind man who organized many events to benefit children.
As in the 1940's, our appreciation continues today for William Boyd's spirit of kindness and character of generosity toward the Honolulu community and the HPD. Mahalo and Aloha.
Story and photos courtesy of retired Assistant Chief Joe Aveiro