Police Commemorative Tournament to Be Held 04-12-01

PHONE: 961-2346
APRIL 12, 2001


Members of the Hawaii County Police Department and their families and friends are planning the 11th annual Hawaii Police Commemorative Fund Tournament, which is scheduled for May 18-20, 2001, at the Carvalho Park Sports Complex in Hilo.

The three-day, multi-sport event is a fundraising tournament with portions of the proceeds generated going towards scholarships at both the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College in memory of two Hawaii County Police Officers killed in the line of duty.

The tournament was started following the death of Officer Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku, who was killed on May 7, 1990, while attempting to break up a large brawl on Banyan Drive in Hilo. The “Shige 5K,” a 5-kilometer run and one of the events in the tournament, was established in his memory. In conjunction with the “Shige 5K,” there will also be a 1.5-mile walk for other participants. Finally, a golf tournament will be held Sunday, May 20, 2001, at the Banyan Golf Course.

The “Kenneth K. Keliipio Softball Tournament” is held in memory of Officer Kenneth K. Keliipio, who was killed in a motor vehicle collision while assisting a stranded motorist.

The “Daison ‘Froggie’ Morita Mixed Volleyball Tournament” was established in memory of Daison Morita, an airport firefighter who was killed in a motor vehicle collision. Morita was actively involved in every facet of the tournament since its inception in 1990.

Two scholarships have been established at the University of Hawaii’s Administration of Justice program in memory of Officers Jitchaku and Keliipio.

Two other scholarships have also been established in memory of both officers at the Hawaii Community College, Administration of Justice program.

A total of $10,200 generated from the annual tournament has thus far been donated towards the scholarships.

Other proceeds will go toward the construction of a memorial monument to honor fallen officers who have been killed in the line of duty. This monument, which is in its final planning stages, will be constructed at the Public Safety Complex/Police Department Headquarters at 349 Kapiolani Street in Hilo. The monument is a project conceived by Momi Cazimero, who had established the Hawaii Police Memorial Fund in 1990 following the death of her brother, Officer Jitchaku. The Hawaii Police Commemorative Fund has thus far donated $6,400 to Cazimero’s fundraising efforts.

Teams or individuals interested in participating or wanting more information in this community event, which is open to the public, are asked to contact the following event coordinators:

“Kenneth K. Keliipio Softball Tournament” — Officer Keoni Rodrigues, 961-2213.

“Shige 5K Fun Run” and 1.5 mile walk — Captain Elroy Osorio, 966-5835.

“Daison ‘Froggie’ Morita Mixed Volleyball” — Tammy Victorine, 961-3107.

Basketball — Sergeant Randy Apele, 961-2305.

Golf Tournament — Officers Joe Botelho and Darren Horio, 961-2211.

Event Chairman — Detective Greg Esteban, 961-2384.

Inquiries on the scholarships can be directed to the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s and Hawaii Community College’s Financial Aid Department.

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