HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was another moving ceremony honoring one of Honolulu’s finest Saturday.
The Honolulu Police Department along with loved ones and community members came together to remember the life of Officer Kaulike Kalama. He was shot and killed in January’s violent rampage near Diamond Head.
Speaking on behalf of the Kalama family, Pastor Wayne Surface of Ohana Baptist Church said:
“He was more than a police officer that was shot. This was a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a good friend, somebody who cared about his community not just as a police officer but as a member of the community,” Surface said.
Kaulike’s services come just over a month since HPD’s final salute to Tiffanny Enriquez, who was also killed in the shooting.
The day began with funeral services at the Bishop Memorial Chapel at Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama campus. An electronic sign at the gates of the school bid a fond aloha to Kalama.
“He was very popular. Everybody who I talked to, whether it was community members or in their district, or people who he had to deal with on an official basis, whether it was fellow officers or friends, he was just a very quiet man but very much cared about people and showed that care and aloha,” Pastor Wayne added.
Following the services, a motorcade made its way down the hill, and passed the Queen’s Emergency Room around 1:30 in the afternoon. That’s where Officer Kalama and Officer Enriquez were rushed to for treatment on Jan. 19, the morning of the shooting.
Emergency medical personnel lined the streets for a final sendoff as the motorcade passed by.
From there, the motorcade headed to HPD headquarters where fire, police and the public gathered for the final roll call and salute.
The sound of bagpipes and a 21-gun salute echoed as hundreds of officers stood at attention.
“I think the state and the city, everybody did a good job of honoring the fallen (officer) and making everyone think about what a big sacrifice it is," said Acting Honolulu Prosecutor Dwight Nadamoto.
“You look at his family, it breaks your heart, especially his young son.”
Dennis Dunn, director of the Victim’s Assistance Program in the Prosecutor’s office, also attended today’s ceremonies.
“This officer stepped into a situation he didn’t have to and didn’t know what would happen," said Dunn.
“But he was there and did what he had to do to help protect people and paid the price for it. It’s the least we can do is come out and show our respect and gratitude.”
Police Chief Susan Ballard, visibly emotional, greeted Kalama’s ohana as they stood holding his ashes.
The ceremony was also attended by representatives from law enforcement agencies across the county.
“It’s important to show that the brothers in blue -- as well as the family members of the fallen -- that they’re supported across the country. When they hurt, we hurt and no matter how far it is, we’re willing to go the length to show them that we have their back,” Officer Clint Fountain of Fort Worth Texas said.
Added Sgt. Emanuel Vinzotti of the New York Police Department:
“Police officers have a really hard job in this country anywhere. So it’s kind of universal and it’s important when things like this happen to show kind of a solidarity. Because sometimes, we’re all we got,” he said.