Park Ranger Steve Renard Makuakane-Jarrell

Park Ranger Steve Renard Makuakane-Jarrell

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, December 12, 1999

Steve Renard Makuakane-Jarrell

Park Ranger Steve Makuakane-Jarrell was shot and killed in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii. His body was found by a visitor to the park in a brushy area, with his service weapon missing.

Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell had responded to a visitor's complaint of a man with three unleashed dogs. Upon confronting the suspect, a struggled ensued in which Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell used his pepper spray. The suspect gained control of Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell's service weapon and shot him several times, including a fatal shot while he lay on the ground, wounded.

The suspect was arrested several days later and charged with the murder of a United States Park Ranger. In 2006 the suspect was found not guilty be reason of insanity and committed to a federal mental institution.

Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell had served with the National Park Service for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 160

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Hawaii
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed


Most Recent Reflection

View all 15 Reflections

I remember when this happened. I had just been hired with North Carolina state parks in 1998 is that really hit home Tumi the reality of what our job is. I never worked for men Steve, but I do think about this isn't often as it was the first line of duty death that occurred while I was a park ranger and it is a reminder to me that would card list of how minor infraction maybe you can always go sideways in a hurry. My Thoughts are with his family and friends.

Park Ranger
NC State Parks

December 9, 2018

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.