Hawaiʻi Police Department
Officer Joseph Botelho Jr.
The Hawaiʻi Police department’s Traffic Services Section and the Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League (HI-PAL) are sponsoring their annual “Click It or Ticket” 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
The events will take place on the following dates at the locations listed below:
- June 15-16: Keaʻau High School, Keaʻau (tentative)
- June 22-24: the old Pāhoa High gymnasium, Pāhoa
- June 29-July 1: Kekuaokalani Gymnasium, Kailua-Kona
- July 14: Kamehameha Park gymnasium, Kohala
- July 20-22: Papaʻaloa Gymnasium, Laupāhoehoe
- August 10-12: the new covered sports building, Panaʻewa
- August 24-26: Honoka‘a Sports Complex gymnasium, Honoka‘a
- September 8: the Naʻalehu gymnasium in Ka‘ū (tentative)
The Keaʻau and Ka‘ū dates are still being confirmed. All other dates and locations have been confirmed, and preparations are progressing to make each event successful.
Team entries are being accepted in the following age groups: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, high school boys, girls 10 & under, girls 12 and under, girls 14 & under and high school girls. The age cutoff date is December 31, 2012.
A player may play in only one division during this tournament.
Each division will be limited to the first 10 teams. (Organizations wishing to enter multiple teams are asked to enter one at a time and as space becomes available, additional teams can be entered). Each team will be required to complete a registration packet prior to the tournament. Completed packets must be turned in two weeks prior to each scheduled event date.
Completed packets should be dropped off at the Hilo police station’s Community Policing office (the former Receiving Desk on the first floor) or at the Kona police station’s Receiving Desk.
The high school division boys and girls games will be played and completed on the scheduled Friday nights. During those scheduled dates, activities about child restraint and seat belt usage and DUI education will be available at the various gyms.
Teams interested in participating or anyone requesting additional information may call Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. in East Hawaiʻi at 961-2220 or Officer Randy Morris in West Hawaiʻi at 326-4646, extension 258.
“The Hawaiʻi Police Department is excited about again bringing the ‘Click It or Ticket’ message to eight different district communities on the island,” Botelho said. “Last year’s success has allowed us to continue this type of venture island wide.”
“Click It or Ticket” is a national educational and enforcement campaign to increase seat belt usage and decrease traffic fatalities and injuries.