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Police Week Festivities on Hawaii Island

Police Week festivities on Hawaiʻi Island will be held next week (May 14-20).

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 15th 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 15, to Friday, May 19.

Left to Right: 1: Manuel Cadinha, William “Red” Oili, Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku, Kenneth Keliipio, Steve Makuakane-Jarrell

The public is invited to attend formal Police Week ceremonies on Monday, May 15th, 10:00 a.m., at the Hilo police station and Tuesday, May 16th, 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 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, Officer Kenneth Keliipio, who gave his life in 1997, and Park Ranger Steve Makuakane-Jarrell, who gave his life in 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 Wednesday, May 17th, with tours being held at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Call Officer Van Reyes at 961-2264, to schedule an

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.

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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.

Four Hawaii Police Department Officers Killed in the Line of Duty Honored Today

Members of the Hawaiʻi Police Department and the public celebrated Police Week on Monday (May 13) at the Hilo police station. A 21-gun salute, “Taps” and a candle-lighting ceremony were part of the tribute to the four Hawaiʻi Police Department officers killed in the line of duty since 1918: Manuel Cadinha (1918), William “Red” Oili (1936), Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku (1990), and Kenneth Keliipio (1997).

Ronald "Shige" Jitchaku

Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku

During the ceremony, Mayor Billy Kenoi said he is proud of the men and women serving in the Hawaiʻi Police Department. “We have, if not the finest, one of the finest departments in the entire country,” he said.

Kenoi added he is grateful that Cadinha, Oili, Jitchaku and Keliipio are the only officers we have had to honor for losing their lives.

Kenneth Keliipio

Kenneth Keliipio

Chief Harry S. Kubojiri noted that the law enforcement memorial in Washington, D.C., names 19,981 officers nationwide who have been killed in the line of duty since 1792. “Of these names,” he said, “54 are from the State of Hawaiʻi.”

Chief Kubojiri also acknowledged Officer Joshua Gouveia, who attended the ceremony, and Officer Garrett Hatada. The two officers were shot January 2 while responding to a report of gunshots in Hilo.

William "Red" Oili

William “Red” Oili

“Thankfully, although both officers received gunshot wounds to their lower extremities, they survived the encounter and are currently recovering,” Kubojiri said. He asked the audience to pray for their speedy recovery.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week. In honor of National Peace Officer Memorial Day this year, President Barack Obama has ordered all U.S. Flags to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday (May 15).

Manuel Cadinha

Manuel Cadinha

Another Police Week ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday (May 14) at the Kona police station. The public is invited to attend.

Police Week Festivities on the Big Island Will be Held Next Week

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Police Week honors fallen officers Manuel Cadinha (1918), William “Red” Oili (1936), Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku (1990), and Kenneth Keliipio (1997).
Media Release

Police Week festivities on the Big Island will be held next week (May 15-21).

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 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 16, to Friday, May 20.

The public is invited to attend formal Police Week ceremonies Monday, May 16, at 9 a.m. at the Hilo Police station and Tuesday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at the Kona police station. Both ceremonies include pre-ceremony entertainment and a tribute to Hawai’i County police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

Also during Police Week, officers will conduct station tours at the Hilo and Kona stations from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 20.