Kauai 200 honors Officers of the Year

HANAMAULU — Two public safety officers were honored recently by Kauai 200 at its annual meeting July 3 at Hanamaulu Restaurant and Tea House.

Kauai Fire Department Capt. Solomon Kanoho, and Kauai Police Department Officer Ginny Pia were each named officer’s of the year in their respective departments. They were each presented with a check for $200.

Kauai 200 was started in 1985 to provide financial support to the Kauai Police Department. It followed the example set by the 100 Club of Honolulu.

Around 25 active members of the business community were invited to join. Together they provide leadership and funding for projects, programs or equipment for the respective departments upon request.

“Because Kauai’s population is small, it was decided to include the Kauai Fire Department,” said Brian Fujiuchi, Kauai 200 president.

Kanoho has written numerous grants that have helped to change the dynamics and ability of Kauai Fire Department operations, acquiring equipment and community outreach.

Pia has been a law enforcement officer for 10 years. With personnel shortages for the past seven years she has held dual full-time positions as asset forfeiture sergeant and as an investigator with the Vice Narcotics Division.

She has been nominated as KPD officer of the month on three separate occasions, and was honored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

For more information on Kauai 200 contact Brian Fujiuchi at 246-1162 or fujiuchib@yahoo.com.

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