9-20-2023 Police Congratulate Winners of HI-PAL Basketball Tournament

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Hilo Community Policing Section
Community Police Officer Darren Abalos
Phone: (808) 961-8849

Media Release

Hawai‘i Police Department’s Hilo Community Policing Section and the Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League, (HI-PAL), would like to congratulate all the winners and thank the keiki who participated in the recent HI-PAL Endless Summers Basketball Tournament in Hilo Friday, through Sunday, August 25-27, 2023.

In all, 160 keiki from across the state and Hawai‘i Island ranging in age from 11 to 17 competed in the tournament. There were a total of 16 teams in four divisions, including varsity girls, intermediate girls, elementary girls, and intermediate boys, which due to the large number or entries resulted in a gold and silver bracket.

The tournament was organized by Hilo Community Policing Officer Darren Abalos in coordination with former Hawai‘i Police Department Major Randy Apele.

“The participants were eager to play in the tournament, which had a large number of teams per bracket,” said Apele. “They enjoyed being able to play against other teams in friendly competition.”  

HI-PAL is a program of the Hawai‘i Police Department in which police officers interact with youth in various activities as mentors. This positive connection encourages teamwork, citizenship, and responsibility among youth. If your Hilo community organization is interested in hosting a HI-PAL event in your area, please contact Hawai‘i Police Department’s Hilo Community Policing Officers at (808) 961-8849.

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