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

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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


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I met Steve on a Type 2 fire crew in the Lower 48, and 3 years later worked with him at Kaloko. He was a valued friend and my cultural guide to the mysterious world of Hawai'i. We spoke just a week before his death. I miss his sense of humor, his grasp of history and his aloha spirit. Mt best wishes always to his family, who welcomed me so graciously. Sleep well Steve, we have the watch covered for you.

Ranger Tom Crockett
friend and co-worker

August 7, 2021

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