Honolulu observes Police Week with events

By Clayton Wakida, KITV Digital Media Manager, KITV Digital Media Manager
Published On: May 12 2014 07:26:36 AM HST

It's police week in Hawaii and we salute the men and women who keep us safe in the islands.

The Honolulu Police Department is commemorating National Police Week 2014 with events scheduled starting on Monday.

Police Week is observed around the nation as a time to honor and remember law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and those who continue to protect and serve our community.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.

On Monday at 10 a.m., Mayor Kirk Caldwell will proclaim May 12 to 17 as Police Week in the City and County of Honolulu at the Ala Moana Center Centerstage  The public is invited to attend.

At 6 p.m., a memorial walk will begin from HPD's Alapai headquarters on Beretania Street and proceed to the State Capitol where a memorial service to honor Honolulu police officers killed in the line of duty will be held.  The candlelight vigil and memorial service will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Rotunda.  This event is open to the public.

Due to the memorial walk, two makai lanes on Beretania Street, between Victoria and Richards Streets will be closed at 5 p.m.  At around 5:30 p.m., another makai lane will also be closed.

Alapai Street between King and Beretania Streets will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. and traffic will be redirected at the intersection of Punchbowl and King Streets.

Vehicles heading makai-bound on Punchbowl Street toward the intersection will be required to turn right on Beretania Street.  No vehicles will be allowed to head in the mauka direction on Punchbowl Street between King and Beretania Streets.

The streets will reopen once the participants have passed.  Drivers are asked to take alternate routes and expect delays.

Click here to watch Ashley Moser's report on Monday's events.

Thursday

Employee Service and Awards Ceremony; Mission Memorial Auditorium, 10 a.m.;  HPD employees with 25, 35, and 45 years of service to the city will be recognized.  This event is open to the public.

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