Hawaiʻi Police Department
Hāmakuā Patrol, Area I
School Resource Officer Blake Ragocos
Phone: (808) 775-7533
The Honokaʻa Middle School HI-PAL 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament concluded (February 7) with Team ‘Look Alive’ taking first place with a 33-25 win over Team ‘Hammahs.’ The tournament, which started in (November 2019), was organized by School Resource Officer Blake Ragocos. “I wanted to give the students an opportunity to do something constructive during their lunch recesses,” he said. “They really looked forward to each other’s competition and the championship game was a close one.” The activity attracted 10 Honokaʻa School teams and involved not only student players but also student scorers and timers.
HI-PAL (Hawaii Isle Police Activities League) is a program by the Hawaiʻi Police Department in which police officers interact with youth in various activities as mentors. This positive connection encourages teamwork, citizenship, and responsibility among youth.
First Place – Team Look Alive
Pictured – Captain Reed Mahuna, School Resource Officer Blake Ragocos, Twister Mateo, Kekona Thomas, Elijah Kaupu, Community Police Officer Aaron Kaeo.
Second Place – Team Hammahs
Pictured – Zion Umayam, Alika Branco, Halai Duldulao