Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Tate Douglas Kahakai

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

End of Watch Saturday, July 22, 1995

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Reflections for Officer Tate Douglas Kahakai

Thank you for your service and today we remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 22, 2020

Officer Kahakai,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 22, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Kahakai.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 4, 2019

Coach Tate,
You have engraved on my heart the values of sacrifice, dedication, love, commitment, service to others, Aloha. Although I was 15 years old at the time of your passing, I am still able to remember and cherish all the lessons you taught us. You cheered us on from the sidelines at every practice and game; encouraging, inspiring, and motivating with all of your infectious positive energy. You inspired me to become a coach to inspire young people just as you did so many years ago. Mahalo for everything Coach Tate, the people whose lives you touched will always and forever remember you. Me ke aloha pumehana, Tanya Yuen Wannomae PCHS c/o 1998 Girls Basketball

Tanya Yuen Wannomae
Pearl City High School

December 8, 2014

Remembering you as police week comes to an end. I cannot believe so much time has passed ... missing you and BB!

Lani Faumuina Natividad, SPRD
Friend & Honolulu PD Dispatch

May 16, 2014

I remember Sgt. Kahakai from the National Guard. He truly was a good guy and it was so sad when he passed on. He exemplified what it means to have the Aloha spirit. It has been 20 or so years since he left us and I still think about him from time to time.
God Bless You.


November 1, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 16, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 27, 2012

Hey unko Tate(:

It's ur niece && I jus wanna say thank yhu for your sacrifice && hard work in all that yhu did while in uniform. I was still very young at the time of the incident so I Dnt remember much bt from the stories I heard!! Bt I kould have never forgot yhu kuz I used to always go into my dad kontainer && read ur article over && over again && ask all these questions bout my unko(: I love yhu sooo much && I am proud to say that I kant wait til the day wen I'll be the next in line to karry on our last name((: it might not be an hpd badge on my chest bt i promise yhu it'll be a uniform...the army uniform!! I love yhu so much not a day goes by without thinkin of yhu && im proud to say that ur my unko && I'm proud to be apart of this great KAHAKAI ohana. Love yhu my unko && say hi to grandma for us. Until we meet in paradise!!


July 24, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Kahakai. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 7, 2012

Howzit Bruddah Tate!

Just wanted to drop in and let you know that you are always remembered and missed, even after all these years.

I will be having a cold one tonight in your memory on this anniversary and ask that you continue to watch over and keep us safe.

Until we meet again my brother, keep the beer and poke on ice.

A hui hou!


July 22, 2011

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 29, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

May 31, 2007

--"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." -- Maya Angelou

Aloha e Officer Tate Douglas Kahakai,
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community and your country. You and all officers that continue to lay your lives on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe, will NEVER be forgotten.

I personally pledge, (after one of Hawaii's own, Honolulu Police Officer Steve Favela, lost his life in the line of duty protecting our Commander in Chief, President George W. Bush), to become a continuum; a keeper of the ODMP light. That light is in the form of an ODMP tribute. People from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, religion, profession, education, and geographical location can share here.

This "LIGHT" comes from within the heart and soul of every person who cares to share a word or two on behalf of each and every fallen officer. Every fallen officer is a hero. The ODMP; Officer Down Memorial Page, gives us a place to come together and share our feelings as one family; one `Ohana. May we find solace as we give solace to the families who have lost a loved one.

Officer Tate Douglas Kahakai, God Bless you. You are a hero. You are`Ohana. Hawai`i embraces you as one of their own. No one will ever be able to replace you for you were unique and very special. No one; not in this lifetime. May God allow you to rest in His Divine peace. I wish you, your loved ones, and your fellow officers, peace and love beyond all understanding. I HONOR you today for you HAVE NOT been forgotten.

** May this Hawaiian prayer give all those who read it comfort. **


Peace be with you, All My Peace,
O ka Maluhia no me oe, Ku'u Maluhia a pau loa,

The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
Ka Maluhia o ka "I", owau no ka Maluhia,

The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
Ka Maluhia no na wa a pau, no ke'ia wa a mau a mau loa aku.

My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Ha'awi aku wau I ku'u Maluhia ia oe, waiho aku wau I ku'u Maluhia me oe,

Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".

A'ole ka Maluhia o ke ao aka, ka'u Maluhia wale no,
Ka Maluhia o ka "I".

Moana V.C. Molale Private Citizen-Hawaii
Kahu La`a Kea (Keeper of the Sacred Light)

January 25, 2007

Tate: What I remember most about you is your smile and true aloha-spirit. When you and BB passed, it rocked the community; personally, I was numb... I'll never forget that feeling. I remember that everyone wanted to search for you guys even after dark in the hope of making a miraculous rescue. We learned the next day that God had taken you home to your reward. Anyway my brother, I look forward to seeing you on the other side. God bless!

Sgt. Scott Hewetson (HPD 97th Class)
Hillsboro P.D. (Oregon)

July 20, 2005

Brother Tate,
We were in the 104th Recruit Class during the summer of 1989, I remember you as being one of the most physically fit guys in the class. Just seeing you run and do sit ups motivated me to push myself, and with the help of our brothers, I passed the PT exams. Although I never thanked you back then, I want to thank you . When I heard about the crash and your death, it really hurt me and out classamtes because we were so close. Officers from the Northwest came to Honolulu for Your services and Bryant's. It was a really sad day back in 1995, it took a while, but like a warrior, getting up was tough, but we all managed to move on in serving and protecting. You will always be a hero and a warrior, you wore the US Army and HPD uniform with pride. The scriptures read " Blessed are the peace makers, for they are the sons and daughters of god". Rest in peace brother officer.

(HPD 1989-1999)


December 26, 2004

You gave your life in the line of duty and we will never forget your sacrifice.

May your family know there is a special place in heaven for those in law enforcement who have made this ultimate sacrifice.

ALoha ... a former HPD employee ... 07/20/2001.


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