The Hawai`i Police Department issued a tribute Wednesday in honor of fallen Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa who died early Wednesday morning after being shot during a traffic stop in Mountain View.
“This update is to put a face to the name of the fallen officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa to show how senseless his death was, by bringing the personal side of his life to bear,” the HPD tribute began.
Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa was a 1990 graduate of Waimea High School on Kauai. He joined HPD on August 1, 2008 at the age of 38.
He was initially assigned to the South Kohala Patrol Division and in December 2010 he transferred to the Puna Patrol Division.
In 2014 his professionalism was honored by his peers being selected at the 2014 Puna Patrol Officer of the Year.
“He was a loving husband to his wife of 23-years, a father to three children, two sons, and a daughter; he was also a loving son to his parents who also reside on Hawaiʻi Island,” HPD continues.
Governor David Ige issued a statement on Wednesday morning, it reads as the following: “It is with a heavy heart that I extend my sincere condolences to Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa’s family, his loved ones and his colleagues. He was a highly regarded 10-year veteran of the Hawai‘i Police Department who will be greatly missed. As we mourn this tragic loss, let us honor Officer Kaliloa and all men and women in blue for their bravery and commitment to keeping our families and communities safe”
HPD has organized a task force that will be operating 24-hours a day relentlessly following up on tips and information regarding the whereabouts of fugitive Justin Waiki who is to be considered armed and dangerous.
Waiki should not be approached by members of the public.
Tips and sightings may be reported by calling (808) 935-3311 or those who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300.
HPD provided photo of Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa.