(BIVN) – Police Week festivities will be held on Hawaiʻi Island, starting with a public ceremony on May 13th.
This year, Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa, who was killed in the line of duty on July 18, 2018, will join the honored law enforcement officers who gave their lives in service to Hawaiʻi Island.
On Sunday, May 12th, a U.S. Honor Flag arrived at Hilo International Airport to Honor Officer Kaliloa at Monday’s East Hawaii Police Week ceremony.
The Hawaiʻi County Police Department says the flag “travels with the highest honors and is surrendered to the pilot of the aircraft for the duration of the flight.”
Upon arrival at the airport, the flag was accepted at the gate and marched past a Hawaiʻi Island police force standing in salute, and then to an awaiting blue & white for departure.
Hawaiʻi County Police issued this media release detailing the week’s events:
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 National Police Week. In Hawaiʻi 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, (May 13), 10:00 a.m., at the Hilo police station and Tuesday, (May 14), 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, Park Ranger Steve Makuakane-Jarrell, who gave his life in 1999, and most recently, Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa, who was killed in the line of duty on July 18, 2018.
During Police Week, station tours for all districts will be offered to the public. Station tours at the Hilo Police station will be on Friday, (May 17), with tours being held at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Call Sergeant Jason Grouns at (808) 961-2269, to schedule an appointment.