It’s been six years in the making, but the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial is finally finished, just in time for Police Week next week.
The memorial is located on the Civic Center grounds in downtown Honolulu. It honors 65 law enforcement officers throughout the state who died in the line of duty.
The state contributed $600,000 towards building this memorial and the rest came from fundraising efforts.
The Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial began as a dream of Joan Gribbin-Aiu in 1995 after her daughter lost her father, Bryant Bayne, a Honolulu Police Department SWAT officer who, along with Tate Kahakai, another HPD SWAT officer and Peter Crown, a Honolulu Fire Department firefighter/pilot, were killed. All three perished after their helicopter crashed while attempting to rescue lost hikers in Sacred Falls.
The memorial is a collaboration of the Hawaii Law Enforcement Foundation, the state Department of Accounting and General Services, the four county police departments, the Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Marshal, SHOPO, and the Concerns of Police Survivors.