by: Beth Hillyer
(KHNL) - When a Honolulu Police motorcycle officer crashed while serving on the Presidential motorcade, fellow officers stood by him.
Now two months later they stand by his family at a benefit fundraiser for Officer Steve Favela.
Officer Favela left behind his wife and 4 small kids. Tonight family and friend,. current and retired police officers, and members of motorcycle clubs host a huge fundraiser at Pipeline Café.
Members of several motorcycle clubs were among the first to arrive at Pipeline Cafe. Many ride in a club comprised of former H-P-D solo bike officers.
Jerry Postmus explains, "If you didn't know the x-solo club is non profit. We give back to the community. When a fallen officer is here and needs a fundraiser we are more than willing to pitch in and help them out."
Officer Tenari Maafala adds, "A great big mahalo to the people of Hawaii for their support from the time the incident happened and it's evident today, so many tickets sold, lot of people arriving."
Inside Pipeline Cafe the bands started playing at 3 pm. Maafala explains, "It's amazing some of top local bands volunteered their time, Kapena,
Kaala Boys, Kauka, got Police Officer bands, Coast Guard band playing as well."
The bands are the big draw and all ticket sales benefit the family of Officer Steve Favela.
He died November, 26th following a crash on Hickam Air Force Base.
Friends say Favela put his family first. And now his friends make Barb and the four kids their priority.
"We will never be able to replace steve of course the financial support he'd provide for his family but again this is just an extension of showing our love and support for Barb and the kids, adds Maafala, lot of food donated, all door prizes, donated prizes auctioned off, sports memorabilia in the thousand of dollars."
How would you like to take home an autographed poster from Steve Young? You can be the won to win this Reggie Bush football jersey. All prizes auctioned off to benefit the family.