Police Week festivities on the Big Island will be held May 12-18.
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 Police Week. In Hawaii 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 at 10 a.m. at the Hilo Police station and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Kona police station. Both ceremonies include pre-ceremony entertainment and a tribute to Hawaii County police 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 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 17.