Kenneth Keliipio

Department: Hawaii Police Department
Rank: Police Officer II
End of Watch Date: 03/27/1997
Age: 35
Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault
Year of Service: 7
Badge Number: 43
Date of Incident:
Weapon Used: Automobile/Alcohol
Suspect Information: Probation
Incident Details:
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.