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Sections of Beretania, Alapai streets to close for procession

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 2012

    Honolulu police officers made their way in a procession along Beretania Street during the 2012 Honolulu Police Department Police Week Memorial Service at the State Capitol rotunda in downtown.

The families of fallen officers and Honolulu Police Department officials this evening are scheduled to walk along Beretania Street from police headquarters to the State Capitol as part of Police Week.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes around the area beginning at 5 p.m., when the three makai lanes of Beretania Street between Victoria and Richard streets will be closed. Alapai Street between King and Beretania streets will be closed at 6 p.m.

The roads will be reopened after the procession has passed, police said.

A candlelight vigil and memorial service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Rotunda at the Capitol.

Forty-six Honolulu police officers have been killed in the line of duty. Their names are listed on HPD’s Roll of Honor.

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    • 60 minutes set up and 60 minutes close down just for the street. Then getting organized with shinning the shoes, badges, etc. There’s a lot more to this than walking for 9 minutes.

  • Really smart to do this during the middle of the rush hour. What do these police officers have for brains? Oh, I forgot, they’re police officers. If there’s a simple accident, they shut the entire roadway for hours. If they did that on the mainland, the police chief would be fired in minutes. But I guess our police chief is above the law…at least for the moment.

  • It never would have occurred to me that when I looked at the online comments to a story about a police walk in memory of fallen officers, people would be complaining about traffic jams and unions. If you think HPD should do this on a weekend, then you should call them and suggest that for next year. I, for one, feel extremely grateful that first responders like HPD help keep us safe along with firefighters, EMS and the like, and I will not complain about finding another driving route home tonight while the community pays its respect to these officers and shows their families our appreciation.

    • How about doing on a week day but, say, at 2 p.m. That would avoid rush hour, and people in the downtown area could (if they chose to) actually observe and be a part of it rather than trying to compete with everyone else on the roadway. Honoring fallen officers does not mean that all logic and intelligence have to go out the window.

    • Or how about even having the officers get to the capitol on their own, then line up in formation and walk around the block that encircles the capitol? That would make for quite an impressive display and would be visible to all motorists and pedestrians in the area. That way you would avoid congesting traffic, there would be no need to expend money for barriers and cones and personnel to close up the streets, and it would even be safer for the marching officers as they would be off of the streets. Photographers and videographers wanting to memorialize the event could set up their stations at the capitol rather than having to jostle on the street for a good shot and have to follow the procession along its route.

      • We are talking about one evening in a year for a procession that should take ten minutes more or less. Also the families would be at work or school at 2pm. I know one thing for sure and that is whenever anyone is in a life threatening situation the only logic that they know is I NEED HELP NOW!!!

        • Have you ever lost a family member in the line of duty? Well I have so believe me inconvenience is not an appropriate word to use. The more you comment, the more your ignorance and insensitivity becomes apparent. I hope that you’ll never lose a loved because he or she were protecting in most cases a complete stranger. Until you do you will never understand the hurt and anguish that haunts you for the rest of your life.

    • Well, I CAN’T get home because of this. I have no idea what other route out of downtown isn’t crowded, since I can see all the streets and they are in gridlock.

        • Right on hawaiikone you nailed that one. Talk about people who only think about themselves. Selfish and indifferent how sad.

  • You should be ashamed for some of your comments. This procession is to honor officers who have sacrificed their lives while performing their duties to protect our communities. It also honors their families whose loved ones died in the line of duty. Wives,husbands,children, parents,siblings and all of their ohana who only have memories left to cherish. So please have some class and bear with the inconvenience. If you disagree with me then the next time you’re in trouble don’t call 911 figure it out for yourselves.

  • Although it is being held during rush hour, there must be a good reason. Anyway, somehow I would feel ashamed if I was to complain. They gave their lives. We can give an hour or two in traffic. Mahalo HPD.

  • It is so arrogant to do this at rush hour. All of downtown and the surrounding areas are in gridlock. Is this choice of time just to show us they can do whatever they want?

    • What is wrong with you. Just from your comments you must be the least compassionate person I have ever observed in these forums. Have you ever needed the help of our first responders? If not then you are truly lucky, but not for long because we all need help in one time or another in our lives. I just pray that you see the light before it’s too late.

  • They have my respect and can march whenever they please to. I am just thankful that some people want to do the job that shows them the worst part of our society every day, run by an inefficient government, and puts them constantly in danger. I could not do that job, and I’m glad chose to do it for us.

    I will gladly sit in traffic for them which is a small sacrifice compared to what they do for us.

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