Big Island police, residents remember the life and legacy of fallen officer

'The best in us': Hundreds gather to honor the life and legacy of fallen police officer

PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - When Big Island police Officer Bronson Kaliloa's funeral procession arrived at the doorstep of the Pahoa Police Station, it drove past residents, police officers and other first responders who lined Keaau Pahoa Road.

Police Capt. Ken Quiocho called it a sad day.

"He was one of the hardest working people that I have ever met," Quiocho said.

"He just every day gave his all for this job. He loved the people. He loved this community. He loved the community service. He was just a great guy," Quiocho said.

Officer Conrad Bidal served alongside Kaliloa.

"Officer Kaliloa was probably one of the finest human beings I've ever met," Bidal said. "He treated everybody with respect and dignity regardless of what their condition was."

In 2008 Kaliloa joined the Hawaii County Police Department, and he worked the last eight years as a patrolman in the Puna District.

"I'm really thankful for what he did for the people, going out of his way," Leimomi Bartlow, a Big Island resident, said.

Both officers and Big Island residents say they had positive impressions of Kaliloa.

"He was a good man doing his job in our community and we're thankful for that. I'm just so sorry for his wife and children," Larry Morris said.

Hawaii Electric flew a large American flag in the police station's parking lot to honor Kaliloa's life, and firefighters from the building next door used a water rainbow to honor their fellow first responder.

"Officer Kaliloa was genuinely a caring and humble person," Hawaii County firefighter Caleb Laa said.

Kaliloa was the Big Island's Officer of the Year in 2014, and Officer Bidal says he loved serving and protecting people.

"With my prior career in the Marine Corps, I've had friends and colleagues that I've lost. But none of those losses hit me as hard as Officer Kaliloa," Bidal said.

"We lost one of our soldiers today. We are putting him to rest. We'll get another soldier to come in, but he will never be replaced. We will never forget him," Quiocho said.

The funeral procession drove by the Pahoa Police Station twice, giving onlookers a chance to pay their respects and Kaliloa's fellow officers a chance to honor him one last time.

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