Fallen Honolulu police officer Kaulike Kalama was remembered today during funeral services that paid homage to his love of family, community and protecting the public no matter the cost.
Kalama, 34, is remembered “as a local boy who loved Hawaii and serving his community as a police officer,” said Ohana Baptist Church Pastor Wayne Surface, who spoke on behalf of the family and estimated more than 1,000 people came to the service at the Bishop Memorial Chapel at Kamehameha Schools.
Surface described Kalama as a “quiet hero” and “rock” whose strength supported those around him. His family knew him as a devoted husband to his wife, Kaohi, and father to his teenage son, Kaumana. The McKinley High School graduate was an HPD officer for nine years.
Kalama and Honolulu police officer Tiffany Enriquez were killed Jan. 19 while responding to a call at 3015 Hibiscus Drive, a Diamond Head home owned by 77-year-old Lois Cain. The suspected gunman was Cain’s basement tenant, Jerry “Jarda” Hanel, 69, who also is believed to have killed her; beaten another tenant, Gisela Ricardi King; and started the blaze that completely wiped out Cain’s home and at least four more and damaged others.
That day Kalama voluntarily rushed to Waikiki to help officers there even though it wasn’t his district. During an earlier candlelight vigil for Kalama his coworkers recalled that even as he went into danger, he was reassuring other officers.
Kalama’s funeral services this morning began with a public visitation at 9:30 a.m., which was followed by a 10:45 a.m. service at the Bishop Memorial Chapel.
Later today, the public attended a final roll call ceremony for Kalama, which was held at approximately 1: 30 p.m. in front of HPD headquarters, 801 S. Beretania St.
Gov. David Ige has ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Hawaii to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard today.
Watch a video of today’s roll call ceremony below.