Police Week Festivities on the Big Island

Police Week festivities on the Big Island will be held next week (May 11-17).

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.

Ronald "Shige" Jitchaku

Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy proclaimed every May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls in as Police Week. In Hawai’i County, Police Week activities this year are scheduled from Monday, May 12, to Friday, May 16.


William “Red” Oili

The public is invited to attend formal Police Week ceremonies Monday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at the Hilo Police station and Wednesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at the Kona police station. Both ceremonies include pre-ceremony entertainment and a tribute to Hawaiʻi County police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Manuel Cadinha

Manuel Cadinha

Police will pay tribute to Officer Manuel Cadinha, who gave his life in 1918, Officer William “Red” Oili, who gave his life in 1936, Officer Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku, who gave his life in 1990 and Officer Kenneth Keliipio, who gave his life in 1997.

Kenneth Keliipio

Kenneth Keliipio

Also during Police Week, station tours for all districts will be offered to the public on Friday, May 16, with tours at the Hilo station being held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call Officer Patrick Menino at 961-2264 to schedule an appointment.

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