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Outstanding HPD Employees Honored by The 200 Club

The 200 Club presented the following awards at the Waialae Country Club this morning:

2017 Police Officer of the Year: Officer Bryan Whipple

Officer Whipple is an 11-year veteran and assigned to the Narcotics/Vice Division’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), whose mission is to prevent the distribution and use of illegal narcotics by dismantling large drug trafficking organizations. Officer Whipple is an integral member of the task force, working undercover and mentoring other officers in planning operations, targeting drug trafficking organizations, and preparing cases for federal prosecution. Officer Whipple is also a co-instructor for the undercover officer training, where he uses his experience and knowledge to train future undercover officers.

2017 Reserve Officer of the Year: Reserve Officer Gerrit Kurihara

Officer Kurihara has been in the Reserve Officer Program for two years and previously served 33 years as a full-time Honolulu police officer. His current assignments include patrolling “hot spot” areas, conducting traffic stops, and other patrol-related duties. Volunteer police officers are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per month or 240 hours per year. In 2016, Officer Kurihara exceeded this requirement by more than 300 percent, working and volunteering a total of 810 hours.

2017 Civilian Employee of the Year: Mr. Duane Ikeda

Mr. Ikeda has 20 years of service and is the HPD’s lead photographer. In 2016, Mr. Ikeda took photographs at more than 200 department events, including recruit graduations, awards and promotion ceremonies, annual inspections, Police Week activities, and police funerals. He also covers community activities such as “Say Hi”, Project CLEAN, Shop with a Cop, and the Police Activities League (PAL). Hundreds of Mr. Ikeda's 22,000 photos have been used by the local media or appeared in HPD publications and videos.

2017 Police Parent of the Year: Officer Bryan Whipple

Officer Whipple, who is also the 2017 Officer of the Year, is married and has four children, including two foster children. If he’s not at work, he is likely helping out with soccer, gymnastics, or another of the children's extracurricular activities. On Friday nights, you can often find Officer Whipple baking pizzas with his family. Birthdays are an important occasion in the Whipple household, and he makes sure that every family member's special day is a memorable one.

2017 Citizenship Award: Ms. Lorie Kanno

Ms. Kanno is the Weed and Seed program director for Waipahu and Kalihi-Palama. For the past 20 years, she has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of others. Ms. Kanno was instrumental in implementing the Real and Powerful (RAP) program in District 3 (Pearl City) and District 5 (Kalihi). The goal of the program is to increase school attendance and improve students' leadership, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. RAP is currently in nine elementary schools and has more than 750 participants. Ms. Kanno also works with the HPD's community policing teams to coordinate neighborhood clean-ups and graffiti paint-out events.

The 200 Club is an organization comprised of 200 businesses and community leaders who support the HPD and the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD), especially during times of personal crisis.