Former HPD Sergeant and Detective Files Nomination Papers for Hawaii County Council

Grace Castillo, a 30-year veteran and retired Sergeant and Detective of the Hawai’i Police Department (HPD), has decided to toss her hat into the ring and file her nomination forms to represent the residents of Hawai’i County’s 3rd Council District (Keaukaha, Pana’ewa, Waiākea, Waiākea Houselots, Waiākea Uka, Kea’au).

Grace Castillo announces her run for Hawaii County Council

Grace Castillo announces her run for Hawaii County Council

After being approached by friends and family members to run, Castillo said, “I felt that this would be a great opportunity for me to continue to help and serve the people of Hilo, at a time where it is needed the most”.

In light of recent police events Castillo said, “I believe we need to re-connect with the youth and individuals of today and help guide them in the right direction. We all need to work together as a community. I want to help make Hilo a safe and favorable place to live and do business”.

During her time at HPD, Castillo served as; Patrol Officer, Safety Officer, Community Relations Officer, DARE Officer, Criminal Investigation & Juvenile Aide Sections Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Cellblock Sergeant and 2 years as a Reserve Officer. Castillo is a 1977 graduate of Hilo High School and is currently a Law Enforcement Officer Supervisor with Securitas at the Hilo Airport.

The daughter of the late William Sr., and Sosima Castillo, along with siblings April, William Jr., Aaron, Darryl, Belinda and Ethan. Castillo’s father William Castillo Sr., was a retired Lieutenant of HPD. Her brother Darryl Castillo is currently a Patrol Officer in Hilo. Castillo a single parent has three children and two grandchildren. Her son Nicholas Gega, III is the U.S. Air Force Recruiter for the Islands of Hawai’i and Maui, daughter Nolene Gega is a veteran of the Hawai’i Air National Guard and son William Black is currently a U.S. Airforce Firefighter.

Castillo’s entire professional career has been dedicated to public service by protecting our friends, neighbors and families on the front line every single day. This has prepared her to take her knowledge, integrity and expertise to run for elected office and hopefully represent the very people she protected for half of her life, on the County Council.

The Primary Election is on Saturday, August 13, 2016. You can learn more about Grace Castillo and her campaign by visiting

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