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Police outreach worker, homeless advocate Sharon Black dies at 52

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    Sharon Black headed up the Thanksgiving of Hope charity dinner in 2005.
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Sharon Black, the police outreach worker who spent her own time and money to help the homeless in downtown Honolulu, died at Hawaii Hospice in Kailua Thursday afternoon.

Black, 52, succumbed to lung cancer that had spread to other parts of her body.

Black was a police outreach worker for the Honolulu Police Department for more than 20 years. On weekends, she established the Kau Kau Wagon which fed the homeless in Chinatown, most recently out of Chinatown Gateway Park.

Black is survived by her daughter, Nikki, son Chez and their father Mike Black.

Family members were at her bedside and friends were nearby as well when she passed, said Susan Siu, a family friend.

Also at her bedside were her three Great Danes, Mokka, Polo and Rambo.

Black’s dying wish was fulfilled this week when the dogs were found a home on a ranch in Waimea on Hawaii Island.

"It was what she always dreamed of, having the dogs living on a big property so she could have more rescue Danes," Siu said.

In recent years, Black’s dogs have been therapy dogs visiting not just Chinatown Gateway Park but also hospitals and care homes to provide comfort to the ill, elderly, homeless and others in need.

"Lots of people know those dogs," Siu said. "They brought joy to everybody."

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