Officer Abraham E. Mahiko

Officer Abraham E. Mahiko

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

End of Watch Monday, December 16, 1963

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Abraham E. Mahiko

Officer Abraham Mahiko and Officer Andrew Morales were shot and killed at the intersection of Cooke Street and Kawaiahao Street.

As they walked up to a suspicious vehicle, the occupants opened fire, killing both. Unknown to them, the subjects had planned to rob the Nikko Cafe and Denver Grill and were waiting for the patrons to leave.

Three men, ages 20, 20, and 30, were arrested and charged with their murders a week later. A fourth suspect, age 20, was arrested on January 2, 1964, in San Francisco by FBI agents.

In 1964, one suspect was sentenced to 60 years for an unrelated robbery committed a week before the officer's murders. On April 8, 1965, that suspect and another, who both fired the fatal shots, were convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life without parole. Both were still in prison in 2000. The other two were allowed to plead guilty to accessory after the fact.

It was the first time in the department's history that two officers died at the same time in the line of duty.

Officer Mahiko had served with the Honolulu Police Department for just over one year. He was survived by his expectant wife and 1-year-old child. His second child was born in February.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year, 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

burglary, parolee

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I was a kid when coming home late from a Christmas school program and we stopped I Kalinin for something to eat. We heard about this shooting on a local Honolulu radio station shortly after it happened. I’ve never forgotten it.

John McCarthy

October 25, 2022

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