Flags fly at half-staff at the Hawaii State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 20, one day after HPD Officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama were killed in the line of duty.
HONOLULU (KHON2) — One day after a senseless tragedy took the lives of two Honolulu Police officers and left three others unaccounted for, the community across the islands and social media showed their aloha for the fallen and their families.
At Hawaiian Rent-All on Oahu, the sign read ‘To Our Fallen,’ with a blue ribbon in the middle, as a tribute to officers Enriquez and Kalama, and the entire HPD ohana.
“We heard the news and we were just shocked, and this is a community board that we have here, and we knew the community would be in mourning and we wanted to show our support of what was happening,” said Hawaiian Rent-All owner Scott Jung.
Hundreds of visitors and residents paid their respects by leaving lei and flowers at the Waikiki police substation.
“They’re so young and they’re here to protect us and they died doing their duty and it’s just really tragic, it’s so sad, this just shouldn’t have happened,” said Kapahulu resident Joshua Osegueda.
One Waikiki man shared a photo of officer Enriquez braiding his daughter’s hair just a few days ago in Waikiki, the district where she worked.
He said she was a kind and beautiful soul and took the time to know her community.
A former law enforcement officer even flew in for the day to pay his respects to the officers.
“We felt it was necessary to pay our respects,” said Lahaina resident Robb Johnson. “We live on Maui so it’s just a short flight away so we wanted to make sure that our respects are paid. It’s all ohana between all the islands and we wanted to make sure we absolutely paid our respects, I felt it very necessary to come out today.”
“We had one person from the force send us a message saying, ‘you probably don’t know how much this means to us and how the support is amazing,’ and for us to get that feedback it just makes everything worth it,” said Jung.
Governor David Ige ordered flags to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Friday, Jan. 24 in honor of officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama.
Officer Tiffany Enriquez’s boyfriend, Jonathan Daniel Baba, also an HPD officer, posted a photo of her looking out toward the sunset, stating ” Thank you for paying the ultimate sacrafice (sic) for the Job, I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!” He also posted a tribute to Officer Kaulike Kalama, who also tragically died responding to the scene.
Enriquez’s daughters also posted about their grief, sharing photos of the 38-year-old officer.
A memorial at the Main Police station shows lei and flowers in front of the Honolulu Police Department’s Roll of Honor, a plaque that will soon bear the names of Officers Enriquez and Kalama.