A kidney donation brought these two Hawaii men together.
Each day over the past three months has been a blessing to Malcolm, a Honolulu police officer who received the gift of life.
Pono Shim donated his kidney to his Kamehameha High School friend Malcolm Lutu.
The operation helped Malcolm who was on home and hemodialysis, which zapped his energy and strength.
Today, Malcolm enjoys time with his family and walks two miles uphill for exercise.
Malcolm now takes medicine more than four times a day at specific times, and watches what he eats.
Pono's recovery has been just a little rougher. He trained for months leading up to the operation but didn't give himself enough time to recover from surgery.
Pono says he is good now.
Tenari Maafala, also a police officer, kept Pono informed on Malcolm's health.
Back in high school, Malcolm helped Waipa Parker – Malcolm's Kamehameha classmate and Pono's cousin -- when Waipa badly injured his ankle. That stuck in Pono's mind.
The next big step will be when doctors tell Malcolm he no longer needs to use the mask.
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