MELVIN DANIEL DE COSTA
MELVIN DANIEL DE COSTA Melvin Daniel De Costa, 71, of Kailua passed away at his home in Kunia on October 26, 2014. Mel attended Kailua High School and went on to continue his education until he earned his Master's Degree at Chaminade University. He was always a strong proponent of education and made it an integral part of his career. Mel retired from the Honolulu Police Department in 1989 after 27 years of service. As a captain and civil defense coordinator, he was in charge of the training program for the HPD's Communications Division that managed 125 employees. He was the lieutenant in charge of the Gambling and Morals Detail in the HPD's Vice Narcotics Division. He was a police sergeant and front line supervisor for over 12 years. After retirement, Mel started his business DC Investigative Services Inc. He then worked as Director of Security & Safety at Royal Hawaiian Hotel, then Director of Security at Kahala Mall Shopping Center and most recently, Director of Security at Chaminade University with Securitas. Mel was also a part time instructor at Honolulu Community College and an adjunct professor at Chaminade University. His involvement in professional memberships included the ASIS Hawaii Chapter (Past President), the Hawaii Visitor Industry Security Association (Past Vice President) and a director with the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Hawaii Chapter; just to name a few. On October 23rd, 3 days before his passing, at the 30th Annual Law Enforcement Security Awards Banquet, Mel was awarded the prestigious "Top Cops Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014". Mel is survived by his wife, Rochelle Kaai De Costa; daughters, Deidre (Tim) Harrison, Pualani (James) Todd, Noilani De Costa; hanai daughter, Kanoe Cobb-Adams; step-daughter, Michelle (Charles) Caouette; step-son, Roman Kaai; brother, Harold De Costa; sister, Barbara Long; 18 grandchildren, 7 great- grandchildren and his loving dog, Holo De Costa. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Mystical Rose Oratory Chapel at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Viewing at 9:30am with services at 11:00am. Burial to follow at 1:00pm at Valley of the Temples.
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