The event was a success with more than 200 participants from the Maui Police Department, First Hawaiian Bank State Department of Transportation – Harbors Division, United States Coast Guard, United States Air Force, United States Customs and Border Protection, Haleakala National Park, FBI and State of Hawaii Sheriff’s Department.
The ruly crowd also included enforcement officers from DLNR, Maui County Prosecutor’s Office, Maui Fire Department, Maui Ki-Aikido, Transportation Security Administration, Securitas, Matson, Maui Police Commissioner Kelly Ruidas, Former Police Commissioner Leil Koch, Retired Prosecutor James Takayesu and former Prosecutor Tori Takayesu, Friends from Federal Way, Washington; Long Island, New York; Maui County Parks and Recreation Section, and MPD employees and their family and friends.
Officer Troy Barboza of the Honolulu Police Department was killed in October, 1987, in retaliation for a drug arrest that he made during the previous summer. Troy’s parents and sister, with the help of Special Olympics Hawaii obtained permission from Special Olympics International and the International Association of Chief’s of Police to name Hawaii’s Law Enforcement Torch Run after Troy. Today it is known as the First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Hawaii. It is the only Torch Run program in the world to be named after a fallen officer.