5 Big Isle cops died in the line of duty since 1918
Manuel R. Cadinha, 42, died of a skull fracture after Jerry de Lima struck him on the head with an ohia stick while he was serving de Lima with a warrant at Hakalau. De Lima was charged with murder.
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>> March 19, 1918: Manuel R. Cadinha, 42, died of a skull fracture after Jerry de Lima struck him on the head with an ohia stick while he was serving de Lima with a warrant at Hakalau. De Lima was charged with murder.
>> Nov. 19, 1936: William L. Oili, 37, died in the line of duty while trying to rescue two men from drowning.
>> May 7, 1990: Ronald S. Jitchaku, 52, died after he and other officers attempted to stop a fight and disperse a crowd of up to 200 people on Banyan Drive on May 6. Blaine K. Faris of Hilo reportedly threw his elbow toward Jitchaku’s face, causing him to fall backward and hit his head on the pavement, causing his death. Faris was sentenced to 10 years in prison for Jitchaku’s death.
>> March 28, 1997: Kenneth K. Keliipio, 35, was killed while in the line of duty when his vehicle was struck by a car driven by off-duty officer Jeffrey Darrow, who had left a police recruit graduation party. Darrow’s blood-alcohol level was 0.11 percent, over the legal limit of .08 percent. He was convicted of drunken driving and negligent homicide and sentenced to probation.
>> July 18, 2018: Bronson K. Kaliloa, 46, was fatally shot on Highway 11 in Mountain View after he and other officers responded to a traffic stop in the area of Kukui Camp Road on Tuesday night. Justin Waiki allegedly fired multiple shots at Kaliloa, striking him in the neck and leg. Kaliloa was transported to Hilo Medical Center where he died at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. Waiki fled the scene and remains at-large.
Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin archives, Honolulu Advertiser archives and the Hawaii Police Department.