Big Island police co-sponsor Lonoikamakahiki Fishing Tournament
The Hawai‘i Police Activities League recently helped keiki in Hilo create their own fish stories.
The Hilo Community Policing Section, in partnership with Maha Village Neighborhood Watch, co-sponsored the Lonoikamakahiki Catch-and-Release Fishing Tournament on Nov. 19 at Lehia Beach Park in Keaukaha.
About 50 keiki from 5 to 16 years old celebrated the winter season with fishing, Makahiki games, live music and lunch prepared by the community.
The Hawai‘i Police Activities League also donated prizes to the winners of the fishing tournament.
In addition to co-sponsoring the tournament, members of the Hilo Community Policing Section set up a table at the event to talk story with community members. These types of informal, non-enforcement outreach efforts help build positive relationships by bridging the gap between police and the public. They also provide important opportunities for the community to see police officers as members of the community in which they serve.
Community organizations interested in hosting a Hawai‘i Police Activities League event can contact the Hawai‘i Police Department Community Policing Section at 808-961-8849.