Police Activity League
The Honolulu Police Department is proud to be part of the Police Activities League for over 62 years. The PAL programs have enriched the lives of thousands of young people over the years. Many former players are now prominent citizens in our community.
For information on any of our programs or to volunteer as a coach, contact the PAL office through the Online Email Form or by calling (808)847-0177 or the PAL sergeants at (808)723-3504
The men and women of the Honolulu Police Department are dedicated to excellent service through partnerships that build trust, reduce crime, create a safe environment and enhance the quality of life in our community. We are committed to the values of integrity, respect, and fairness. Our officers assigned to the PAL programs work to pass on these values to the PAL players and others with whom they come in contact.
Integrity, respect, and fairness are important traits that we try to emphasize and build in the young people. These are values that will help to guide each and everyone of us not only in sports but through our everyday lives.
Chief of Police Dan Liu returned from a meeting of police officials on the mainland in 1947 with the idea of starting a police activities league. It was not until July 6, 1948, that the first Police Activities League clubs were officially formed. Chief Liu was interested in establishing an organization that would work with other agencies and help to meet the needs of the youths. He found what he was searching for in a New York program.
The Police Athletic League was primarily designed for all types of athletic outlets. Chief Liu decided to change the word "athletic" to "activities", thus creating a more extensive field for other types of programs.
Today, PAL is comprised of 14 officers and is supervised by 2 sergeants and 1 lieutenant. Each officer serves as a field director and is responsible for developing and maintaining various sports activities.
Since 1948, over 300,000 youngsters have benefited from PAL. PAL is heavily dependent on volunteers who serve as advisors and coaches. These volunteers must be loyal, supportive, dedicated, and have a willingness to sacrifice personal time to work with the youths in our communities.
PAL offers a basketball program for youths ranging in age from 5 through 18. The program consists of more than 490 teams, which includes over 5,000 boys and girls.
The program has steadily increased over the years and females now take part in the sport that was once dominated by males.
Registration for co-ed basketball begins in November with the season running from January through March. The girls’ season runs from September through November, with registration starting in August. Basketball has become equally popular among girls.
PAL Baseball has been an outstanding program for thousands of boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 14. Registration begins in April; the season runs from May through July. Over the years, PAL has taught young people the social skills needed in life through the time-honored traditions such as teamwork, fair play, and sportsmanship.
The PAL baseball program and other activities were created to offer any eligible child with a desire to play, an opportunity to be a part of a team, regardless of their individual skill level. PAL baseball is unique among all other youth sports organizations in Hawaii. Each division is under direct supervision of Honolulu police officers, who serve as directors.
PAL initiated the volleyball program in the early 1970s, primarily for youngsters not involved with baseball and basketball. For this reason, many of the initial teams were comprised of females. Games were played on the outdoor court at the Kamehameha Field and later at the Mendonca Gym in Pauoa.
Since that time, the number of players and teams has steadily grown. Teams in every age group, from 7 through 17, now play in various indoor courts around the island. From its humble start with just 10 teams, the program has grown to some 245 teams with more than 2,200 players and has become one of the most popular activities among Hawaii’s youth.
The volleyball season runs from April through July, with registration starting at the end of March.
Flag Football was founded in the early 1970s for youths who could not play football due to physical restrictions. It is a 9-person team sport, played without protective equipment, on a smaller field, and using a smaller ball than a regular football. Children from ages 7 through 13 may participate.
Over the years, the program diminished to a point where only one remained, which was under the guidance of the late HPD sergeant Lee Goeas. Today, the program has once again flourished. The season is held in August through October, with registration beginning in late June.
Canoe paddling started in 1990 with approximately 50 participants. Na O’pio hosts 16 different PAL canoe clubs from around the island. The various clubs host regattas from January through March, which are organized by Na O’pio. Meets are currently held at Ke’ehi Lagoon Beach Park on Saturday mornings. State championships are held in March and include teams from the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Kauai, and Oahu.
The PAL Judo Club was organized in 1957 by retired HPD Lieutenant Ernest Kanekoa and Sergeant Ray Kawano. Classes are now held at the Honolulu Police Department’s training facility located in Waipahu on Saturdays.
The PAL Judo Club holds an annual tournament in March with more than 300 participants from various clubs.
Karate became part of PAL in 1990, through the assistance of then-HPD Major and Sensei John Gerard. The club became affiliated with the American Karate Association. Currently, the program is associated with Kick Start Karate, led by retired police Chief Lee Donohue. Classes are held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are held twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Wrestling is a new PAL activity. There are currently 6 wrestling clubs on Oahu that host PAL wrestling. The season starts in November and runs through January.
The various clubs host wrestling events at different venues. PAL wrestling differs from the high school version of the sport in that PAL wrestlers compete as individuals and not as a team.
The sport is open to both boys and girls and has approximately 300 participants annually.
The Culinary program began in HPD’s District 8 by the Weed and Seed unit. A survey of school children showed their interest in cooking. The unit formed partnerships with the State Department of Education, the Police Activities League, Kapiolani Community College, Weed and Seed, and various businesses to make the program a reality.
The classes are held at Campbell High School, utilizing one of the food science classrooms. Officers assigned to Weed and Seed and PAL assist Chef Grant Sato, from Kapiolani Community College, with instructing the students. The Weed and Seed program and private businesses donate the ingredients needed for the class.
More than 30 students participate in the program, which runs from June through mid-July.