Local panel Hilo Hank appeared only in the Hilo (Hawaii) Tribune-Herald. Wish I could claim that my researches extended to such far-flung papers, but actually I found this feature only through the little pamphlet shown above.
According to the introduction, reporter Ron Bennett produced this weekly panel cartoon as a sideline to his regular duties on the paper. The booklet is copyrighted 1949, and is mute concerning the length of time the panel had run thus far. Any blog readers out there in the Aloha State able to tell us more about Bennett or his delightful little feature?