Hawaiʻi Police Department
Office of the Chief
Harry S. Kubojiri
The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s 81st Recruit Class was recognized Friday (February 14) during ceremonies held at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.
The police recruits, who just completed six months of intensive training, will undergo four months of on-the-job field training with veteran police officers before they are qualified to work alone.
During Friday’s ceremony, Class President John G. Kari said the class started with 30 individuals from all walks of life who evolved into a cohesive unit of 22.
In recognition of Valentine’s Day, Police Chaplain Renee Godoy advised the recruits to “guard your heart” and Police Commission Chair John Bertsch talked about love and passion for the job. “Love means that we love what we do,” Bertsch said. “Passion means that we are passionate about what we do.”
Mayor Billy Kenoi congratulated the recruits for “having the courage to dream and the determination to make those dreams come true.” He told them that in addition to their commitment to their job, they should take care of themselves and appreciate their families. “The most important thing is not the job, it’s your family,” he said. “Always go home and hug them and tell them, ‘Thank you.’”
County Council Chairman J Yoshimoto told the recruits that the Police Department has the support of the council. “You have our gratitude and appreciation,” he said.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Christian Kimo Alameda, statewide director of the Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity, who provides “aloha training” to members of the police department. He stressed the importance of making positive choices. “I wish you guys the best,” he said. “It’s a tough world out there.”
During the ceremony, three officers received special recognition for excellence. They were Luke W. Sitts, who excelled in academic training, Daniel K. Tam who excelled in firearms training, and class Vice President Roberto J. Segobia, who excelled in physical fitness training.
The other members of the 81st Recruit Class are: Ewoud A. Bezemer, Briana M. Boyce, Melissa K. D’Angelo, Chad E. Fontes, Len K. Hamakado, Shane K. Hanley, Jeremiah J. Hull, Gibson G. K. Kahele, Bradley M. Llanes, Bryson S. Miyose, Alexis L. Molina, Chandler B. Nacino, Jacob M. Obermiller, David D. Poʻohina, Duane J. Rapoza Jr., James M. Rinkor, Samuel P. Sagario and Paul J. Wright III.
The class motto is “Pūpūkahi I Holomua,” which means “Unite to Move Forward.”