It is with deep sadness that the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) announces the passing of Solo Bike Officer Bill Sapolu. Officer Sapolu was en route to assist another officer on a weapons call when his motorcycle struck a median on Farrington Highway in Kapolei on July 11, 2023, at approximately 9 p.m. Officer Sapolu sustained multiple injuries and was transported in serious condition to a medical center where he remained hospitalized until succumbing to his injuries today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sapolus and the HPD family during this difficult time. Officer Sapolu’s family issued the following statement this afternoon:
Today we lost a father, a husband, a brother and a son. Bill committed his life to service both here at home and abroad. He dedicated 21 years with the Honolulu Police Department and 22 years of military service, including 4 deployments overseas. On July 11, he was injured in a collision while on-duty. Today, in a final act of service, he donated his organs to save the lives of others.
Our family is thankful for the outpouring of love that we’ve received these past few weeks and look forward to the continued support of the community Bill loved and served. Details on services will be released soon. In these difficult times, his family asks for privacy.