Statement on the passing of Honolulu TSA officer after contracting COVID-19

Monday, December 14, 2020

HONOLULU – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is saddened by the loss of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) Lead Transportation Security Officer Maui Kahalepuna, who passed away on December 12, 2020, after contracting COVID-19.

Kahalepuna joined TSA in September 2002 among Honolulu’s first class of officers assisting with the initial rollout of screening. He most recently worked as a checked baggage screener, and he was admired by his co-workers. Away from work, Kahalepuna was a proud husband, father and grandfather.  

TSA offers heartfelt condolences to Officer Kahalepuna’s family, friends and his TSA colleagues. He is the 11th TSA employee to pass away after contracting COVID-19. While he will be remembered fondly for his service, his death serves to remind everyone of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to continuing our work toward protecting our workforce and airline travelers.