Honolulu Police Community Foundation gala Friday

Louis Kealoha
Louis Kealoha
Lee Donohue
Lee Donohue

By Ramsay Wharton – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - They've been helping the police department out for more than twenty years now even helped to send dozens of students to college.

And Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha can't say enough good things about the Honolulu Police Community Foundation.

Over the years they've contributed more 80,000 to the department in defibrillators, tasers and other equipment.

It was a defibrillator that saved the life of former HPD chief Lee Donohue and inspired him to start the foundation in 1997.

It's goals are to provide HPD with vital equipment it lacks from its budget and help the next generation of leaders by rewarding college scholarships.

The foundation is going to donate $25,000 dollars to purchase 17 tasers this year.

The foundation helped the 2007 Iolani School graduate pursue his dreams at Pepperdine University.

Now he's off to China for a year for language studies then to Duke University next year for international and comparative law.

Each year the HPCK doles out scholarships to qualifying students. They're encouraged to pursue criminal justice or law but they don't have to.

From tasers to text books its ultimately the foundation donors who attend its annual galas who make it all possible.

This year they're honoring local entertainer and former Police Commissioner Cha Thompson and former Chief Justice Ronald Moon.

The foundation's fourth annual Honolulu's Finest gala is this Friday, May 20 from 5:30 - 9 p.m.

at the Sheraton Waikiki ballrooms.

Individual tickets to the gathering are $200. Tables of 10 are available for between $2,500 and $25,000. For information, call 942-3873 or 396-1733, or visit honolulupolicecommunityfoundation.org.

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