Police Officer II Kenneth Kanani Keliipio

Police Officer II Kenneth Kanani Keliipio

Hawaii County Police Department, Hawaii

End of Watch Thursday, March 27, 1997

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Kenneth Kanani Keliipio

Police Officer Kenneth Keliipio was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind by an off-duty officer on Volcano Highway, near Mamaki Street, in Hilo. He had just picked up a stranded motorist and was giving him a ride when the collision occurred. The citizen sustained only minor injuries.

The 35-year-old officer who struck his car was arrested and charged with DUI and negligent homicide. He said it was raining heavily, when Officer Kellipio pulled out in front of him and he was unable to avoid hitting him. His blood alcohol level was 0.11. In 1999 he was convicted of DUI and third degree manslaughter and received probation for one year.

Officer Keliipio had served with the Hawaii County Police Department for almost seven years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 43

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to probation

drunk driver

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Officer Keliipio,
Even though it’s been 25 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hawaii. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 28, 2022

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