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Memorial for former HPD chief Keala set for Thursday


    Francis Keala, former police chief

Memorial services for former Honolulu Police Chief Francis Keala will be held Thursday at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Keala died of congestive heart failure Jan. 7 at his Honolulu home at the age of 86. He served as police chief from 1969 to 1983.

Visitation will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, 2233 Nuuanu Ave., with a memorial service from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

The family will depart at 11 a.m. for a police station drive-by.

An additional memorial service will be held at the National Cemetery of the Pacific from 11:30 to 11:50 a.m.

The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to one the following organizations: Honolulu Police Community Foundation, Palama Settlement, Saint Louis Education Foundation, and Boys & Girls Club of Honolulu.

Keala, a graduate of Saint Louis High School and the University of Hawaii, was the first person with a college education promoted to the helm of the Honolulu Police Department. He retired in 1983 after nearly 30 years with the department.

Before becoming a police officer, he was a paratrooper officer in the 11th Airborne Division in Europe in the mid-1950s.

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