Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244
Police Week festivities on Hawaiʻi Island will be held next week, (May 13-17).
Police Week is a nationally recognized week of activities in support of police work and in recognition of officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed every, (May 15), as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls in as National Police Week. In Hawaiʻi County, Police Week activities this year are scheduled from Monday, (May 13), to Friday, (May 17).
The public is invited to attend formal Police Week ceremonies on Monday, (May 13), 10:00 a.m., at the Hilo police station and Tuesday, (May 14), 10:00 a.m. at the Kona police station. Both ceremonies include pre-ceremony entertainment and a tribute to Hawaiʻi County officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.
Police will pay tribute to the following law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty:
- Police Officer Manuel Rapozo Candinha End of Watch (EOW): March 19, 1918
- Police Officer William "Red" Lani Oili End of Watch (EOW): November 19, 1936
- Police Officer Ronald "Shige" Shigeru Jitchaku End of Watch (EOW): May 7, 1990
- Police Officer Kenneth Kanani Keli'ipio End of Watch (EOW): March 28, 1997
- Police Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa
End of Watch (EOW): July 18th, 2018
Also to be remembered as well, National Park Ranger from Kaloko-Honokohau Historical National Park also killed in the line of duty:
- Park Ranger Steve Renard Makuakane-Jarrell End of Watch (EOW): December 12, 1999
During Police Week, station tours for all districts will be offered to the public. Station tours at the Hilo Police station will be on Friday, (May 17), with tours being held at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Call Sergeant Jason Grouns at (808) 961-2269, to schedule an appointment.