HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige released a statement on a former public safety director’s death.
Nolan Espinda was the director of the Department of Public Safety and served as the warden at the Halawa Correctional Facility, according to DPS.
Espinda began his career at DPS in 1983, working in different positions in the department.
Ige said Nolan Espinda’s career was spent serving the public in Hawai’i’s corrections facilities and administration, jobs that are always difficult and often thankless.
Hawaii Department of Public Safety’s Public Information Officer Toni Schwartz echoed Ige’s thoughts on Espinda’s career.
Schwartz said Espinda dedicated his entire career to corrections and to serving the people of the State of Hawaii.
“His tragic untimely loss leaves us all stunned. We want to express our deepest condolences to his family and his DPS ohana,” said Schwartz.
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Nolan Espinda’s wife, Malia Espinda, shared a heartfelt statement about her husband’s principles and core values through 40 years of public service for the State of Hawaii.