Police Week in Hawai’i County Underway
The memories of four Hawai’i Police Department officers killed in the line of duty were remembered Monday during a Police Week celebration, held at the Hilo police station.
Officers were joined by Mayor Billy Kenoi and members of the community, including fifth graders from Nā Wai Ola Public Charter School, in paying tribute to four police officers killed while on duty since 1918: Manuel Cadinha (1918), William “Red” Oili (1936), Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku (1990) and Kenneth Keliipio (1997)
“Everybody’s job in this county is much easier because of all your courage, all your service, all your aloha. So, mahalo,” Kenoi said during the ceremony.
A candle-lighting ceremony was held, as well as a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.” Jitchaku’s sister, Momi Cazimero, was also recognized for her work toward creating a memorial for the fallen officers. The memorial will be placed in a grassy spot fronting Hualālai Street and is expected to be completed by next year.
President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day nationwide. The week that the day falls in is also named Police Week.
Another ceremony will be held at the Kona police station on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend.