A young boy’s dream came true Tuesday when he joined Honolulu’s finest.
The Honolulu Police Department and the City and County of Honolulu partnered with Make-A-Wish Hawaii to grant five-year-old Daidap’s wish of becoming a police officer.
The five-year-old suffers from a severe congenital heart defect and has already received nine open heart surgeries.
“When we went to Daidap’s home and asked what a wish would look like for him, he said ‘I wish to be a police officer. I want my own patrol car and I want to be able to cruise the streets of Mayor Wright (Homes) and I want to make a difference in my community,'” said Siana Hunt, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “To us, that just sent off chills and warm spirits that just carried into what looks like the entire outpouring of HPD and our community to make his wish possible.”
Daidap’s day began at Mayor Wright Homes, where he was given his own custom police uniform. He and his family were then taken via police escort to HPD’s main headquarters on Beretania Street.
Upon his arrival, Daidap was welcomed by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Chief of Police Louis Kealoha and dozens of officers, and presented with his own badge.
“This is a special day that we get to recognize courage, resiliency and persistence, and this is through Daidap,” Kealoha said.
Daidap toured the station, enjoyed a police “ride-along” to Dave & Buster’s where he had lunch with officers, and was later surprised with a neighborhood block party to celebrate his new title as “junior police chief.”
It was an exciting day for the young boy, and an emotional one for his family.
“It’s very hard for me… how many times he’s had surgery,” said Daidap’s mother, Kercy Frank, as she wiped away tears. “He’s very happy today.”