Dr. Chuang looks forward to yard work

How can a doctor’s office have so many cars when no one is ill?

That question was answered yesterday morning when patients, friends and fellow Lions stopped by the office of Dr. Katok Chuang, who retired after 35 years of service to the community.

Opening his office on Akahi Street in Lihu‘e in 1972, Chuang’s retirement comes on the heels of one of his son’s wedding last week.

Kurk Chuang, who relocated back to Kaua‘i as an employee of Costco, married in Las Vegas and was scheduled to drop in on his dad later in the morning with his new bride, Alison.

Lion Janice Bond of the East Kaua‘i Lions Club, of which Chuang is a member, was on hand to greet fellow Lions who stopped by to offer their best wishes on the doctor’s retirement.

“He was my son’s pediatrician when Lawrence was born 37 years ago,” Bond said in an e-mail. “Lawrence will be 38 next month.”

Joyce Chuang, the doctor’s wife who retired from the public health nurse program several years ago, also greeted well-wishers.

As to his retirement plans, Chuang said, “I can do more yard work now.”

For his staff, one is heading to O‘ahu today where her granddaughter, Jessica Iwata, is competing at the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association’s state softball championships with the Kaua‘i High School softball team.

“I can go now,” she said. “We’re retired.”

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@kauaipubco.com.

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