Slain officer Kaliloa a Waimea High graduate

  • Hawaii Police Department photo

    Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa

  • Hawaii Police Department via AP

    Justin Waiki

LIHUE — The Hawaii Island police officer shot and killed during a traffic stop Tuesday was a 1990 Waimea High School graduate with family on Kauai.

“The devastating loss of Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa has touched so many lives across our island, our state and our country,” said Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. Thursday. “Officer Kaliloa dedicated his own life to serve and protect others, and we will never forget his ultimate sacrifice. My sincerest condolences and deepest aloha go out to his entire ohana and fellow officers on Hawaii Island. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.”

In a written statement, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said Kaliloa was a public servant recognized by his community, fellow officers, and family and friends as one of a kind because of his dedication to service, his kindness and his heart of aloha.

As part of the Puna Patrol Division, Gabbard said over the last few months Kaliloa and his fellow officers have been working around the clock to support their community in crisis due to ongoing volcanic activity and lava flow, helping residents who have been displaced from their homes, businesses and farms.

“We mourn with the community of Puna, the Hawaii Police Department, Bronson’s ohana that he left behind, Casey, Samson, Grace and Nathan. We can never forget the sacrifices our law enforcement officers and their families make every day to serve and protect,” she said.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and all state offices and agencies, as well as the National Guard, until July 20. “Our entire state mourns the loss of Officer Kaliloa, a man who dedicated his life to his family and his community. He sacrificed all to protect the community he loved. Dawn and I send our deepest condolences to his ohana,” he said.

  1. Uncleaina July 20, 2018 8:55 am Reply

    So sorry for his family! I was over on puna just last month and I was feeling bad for the police over there. So much drugs!! And when I say drugs I mean meth and heroin. Some of the people over there are basically drug zombies with nothing to do but cause trouble. To see this violent attack against a man just trying to help the community is infuriating. I was listening to the scanner and I heard them catch these other two thugs – but I figured it was him. Crazy to think they have a network of drugged up criminals trying to help each other over there is crazy. Hope his family gets some solace.

  2. Debra Kekaualua July 20, 2018 10:20 pm Reply

    So painful to express the deep sadness for this young kane and his ohana. I pray that all the warrior who passed before will embrace the newcommer AND the supposed perpetrator, because i have a hard time believing the “alledged” was the actual killer. You gotta be very careful when something as sad as this occurs, but i do NOT believe that the shooter is, what other peeps say was responsible.

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