HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - There’s been an outpouring of community support following Sunday’s violent rampage that left two Honolulu police officers dead.
Those who want to help the officers’ families can donate to a fund set up at the Hawaii Law Enforcement federal Credit Union. Donations are accepted at all three branches.
GoFundMe has also verified an account to help the family of Officer Tiffany Enriquez. The fundraiser is being administered by the officer’s aunt.
The website has also reviewed and verified a fundraising campaign for the officers started by Big Island correctional officer Alo Ahuna-Alofaituli. That GoFundMe is available by clicking here.
At first, Ahuna-Alofaituli says he faced harsh backlash from the community — many accused him of running a scam. But Ahuna-Alofaituli says his intentions are pure, and with the help of GoFundMe, all money will in fact go to the families, or their designated charities.
“I wanted to help, I wanted to make a difference,” Ahuna-Alofaituli said. “I just felt the need for the community to come together to show appreciation for their service and their sacrifice.”
In addition to the $500 already raised, Ahuna-Alofaituli told Hawaii News Now he also collected donations of recyclable cans and bottles, which he redeemed for money, and those funds will be added to the grand total.
Meanwhile, a local Oahu business is preparing a fundraiser for the fallen.
TJ’s Sports Bar and Grill on Kapiolani Boulevard said all proceeds of their Jan. 26 fundraiser will be split among the families of Officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama.
The manager said HPD officers often frequent the bar and it was a favorite hangout spot for Enriquez, which is what inspired them to put together the event.
A $10 donation is suggested. There will be raffle giveaways and a silent auction.
At the same time, A GoFundMe for displaced neighbors Adam & Racheal Patterson has already raised nearly $26,000.
A GoFundMe spokeswoman said they suspended at least one account that appeared to be for the fallen victims. Unless the organizer can provide more information, donors who gave that page will be refunded their money.
“If a donor has a question or wants to know more about a campaign before they donate, they can reach out to our team or the campaign organizer directly through the GoFundMe page by clicking the envelope next to the campaign organizer’s name,” Jenny Perillo of GoFundMe said.
“GoFundMe has a dedicated Trust & Safety team working around the clock to keep the platform safe,” Perillo added.
This story will be updated.