The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Caroldeen “Nalani” Freitas as “Officer of the Month” for October in a luncheon ceremony Oct. 2 at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.
Freitas, a 10-year veteran of the Hawaii Police Department, was honored for her tireless off-duty work running a nonprofit organization that helps people in need. Fifteen years ago, Freitas founded Ka‘analike, which means “sharing,” and she spends her off-duty hours providing food, clothing, furniture, money and other items to families in need.
Sgt. Grad Elarionoff, who nominated Freitas for the award, said Ka‘analike perpetuates the “Spirit of Aloha.”
“Nalani chooses to serve the public while on duty and she chooses to serve the public while off duty,” Elarionoff said. “Just the daily efforts of receiving donations and dispersing them to the needy can be overwhelming, but for 15 years Nalani has pushed forward, growing her network and providing needed services.”
As “Officer of the Month,” Freitas will be eligible for the next “Officer of the Year” award.