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People gather at ceremony to honor officers who died in line of duty

People gathered at the Kalanimoku Building for the Hawaiʽi Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation's annual memorial service and installation ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2024. The ceremony honors officers from city, county, state, military and federal agencies who have died in the line of duty. This year, four more were added to the memorial which now holds 84 names. Most recent was HPD Solo Bike Officer Bill Sapolu who was a beloved colleague, family man and musician. Sapolu died in an accident on July 11, 2023 while responding to a weapons call in Kapolei. Also added posthumously were two law enforcement officers from 1868, Deputy Sheriff Richard Neville and Constable Kamai and Michol Octobre from 1916. The tribute included the presentation of colors, a keynote address by Mayor Rick Blangiardi, a roll call with roses placed at each placard by the Honolulu Police Department Explorers, music by the Royal Hawaiian Band, a bagpipe finale by Scott Walton.

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HPD officers file into the Hawai'i Law Enforcement Memorial. In the foreground are the covered placards for Deputy Sheriff Richard Neville and Constable Kamai who died in the line of duty in 1868.
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Pictured visiting the newly unveiled memorial placard for Bill Sapolu is Nikki Kamalu with her four-month-old daughter. Kamalu is married to one of Sapolu’s brothers.
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Pictured is Bill Sapolu’s brother, Otto Sapolu, touching the newly unveiled memorial placard. Also visible (L-R) is Nikki Kamalu with her four-month-old daughter, Masina, and Honolulu Police Chief Joe Logan.
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People gathered at the Kalanimoku Building for the Hawai'i Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation's annual memorial service and installation ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2024. The ceremony honors officers from city, county, state, military and federal agencies who have died in the line of duty.
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Pictured is Bill Sapolu’s stepmother, Flo Sapolu, touching his newly unveiled memorial placard. Also visible (L-R) is Nikki Kamalu with her four-month-old daughter, Masina, Mila Sapolu Jr., Otto Sapolu, Honolulu Police Chief Joe Logan and Kahu Kordell Kekoa.
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People gathered at the Kalanimoku Building for the Hawai'i Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation's annual memorial service and installation ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2024. The ceremony honors officers from city, county, state, military and federal agencies who have died in the line of duty.
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The Sheriff Division salute during the presentation of colors.
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Pictured are two of the four new installations with Michael Octobre’s end of watch (E.O.W) on December 8, 1916 and Bill Sapolu’s August 8, 2023.
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Guests stand during the presentation of colors.
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Pictured is the presentation of colors with the Unified Agency Color Guard.
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The Sheriff Division salute at the closure of the ceremony.