Hawaii Police Department Officer Wyattlane Nahale was recently named “Officer of the Month” for July for his work on the 2014 D.A.R.E. Day event in Kailua-Kona.
Nahale, who is the School Resource Officer for Konawaena Middle School, reached out to other schools in the area to assist and teach the Drug Abuse Resistance Education curriculum. Approximately 1,000 students from schools in the North and South Kona, Ka‘u, South Kohala, North Kohala and Hamakua Districts competed the program and attended the D.A.R.E. Day celebration held May 1 at Kekuaokalani Gymnasium in Kailua-Kona.
During the time Nahale organized and directed D.A.R.E. Day, he continued to perform his assigned duties and effectively handled both, said Sergeant Floyd Richards.
Sergeant Richards described the DARE Day event as “a huge success,” noting that local celebrities, such as Augie “T” and Brittany Pawai participated. The event generated a front-page story and online video by West Hawaii Today.
Nahale was recognized during a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (July 2) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.
As “Officer of the Month,” Nahale is eligible to become “Officer of the Year.”
The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaii.