SHOPO History

For many years, there was an overwhelming need for representation of all workers in our state, regardless of whether they were employed in the private or public sector. Although representation was finally achieved for most workers, it took additional years for our police officers to be granted this privilege. In fact it was not until 1970 that the state legislature passed Act 171,which granted police officers and other public sector employees the right to organize. As a result of this legislation, the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers was founded in 1971. At that time, police officers looked at other organizations, but voted in July of 1972 to be represented by SHOPO, an independent, non-affiliated union for police officers only. We feel that time has proven this choice to be the best one.

We are proud of the fact that we have the only union in our state, which is truly democratic. The elected Boards of Directors run our organization. They are not just figureheads. It takes a great deal of time and work on the part of the individuals who serve on these Boards, ``Police Officers for Police Officers!`` is the only way. We are our own individuals and owe allegiance to no one else. If the membership is dissatisfied at any time, they can vote in a new board.

SHOPO is composed of four separate Chapters, Honolulu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai, each with its own Board of Directors elected by the membership of the respective chapters. Each board is presided over by a Chapter Chairman who is also a member of the State Board of Directors. In addition to these four persons, the State Board consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and three Directors at Large (eleven persons in all), who are elected by the entire statewide membership. The board members do not receive remuneration. Each chapter is autonomous and has its own Constitution and By-Laws. SHOPO is a non-profit corporation and the Chapter of Incorporation supersedes the Chapter Constitutions and By-Laws in case of a conflict.

Most everyone is familiar with the round SHOPO emblem that is used as this Union's trademark, but many individuals are oblivious to the background and meaning that went into its creation.

Several years ago when SHOPO was voted the exclusive representative of Hawaii's police officers, a contest was held to find a suitable symbol. From the many entrants, Sergeant Robert Kane of the Traffic Division was selected as the winner.

In creating the emblem, Robert Kane used a little of the old Hawaii combined with some of the new Hawaii.

The outline of the police officer was fashioned from the statue of King Kamehameha, and as with the statue, the hand is extended in a gesture of friendship. The statue of King Kamehameha was chosen because he was the first to unite all the islands together as one, just as SHOPO has done. The aspect is illustrated by the presence of the eight islands around the policeman, depicting all police officers in Hawaii. The pole the officer holds is symbolic of the spear in the statue's hand, but is actually a weapon the ancient Hawaiian Law enforcers carried. Finally a chain circles the entire logo. This chain represents the most important concept, it is the idea that an individual, independent union is only as strong as its membership - a weak link will make a weak chain.

President

Aloha Everyone,

It is my honor to represent Hawaii’s Police Officers as the President of the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO).   Since 2001, I have been involved with the Union, first as a Director at Large, then as Vice President, under now retired President Tenari Ma’afala.

We have made great strides as a union under the direction of President Ma’afala and through his leadership he has made SHOPO, i.e. Police, the highest paid group of county employees in the State of Hawaii, indirectly affecting all public employees’ pay raises.  As union officials, we have learned how to be humble with our administrators, but firm when we need to, and negotiate with a win-win mindset. With this, we are grateful for our past five (5) contracts.

Our jobs are always evolving with each passing year and technology plays a big part of it.  Computers, body cameras, and science have all been introduced into our careers.  Like it or not, these tools are here to stay.

We shall continue on the path that has been set for us.  As we move forward, my vision includes additional legal protections for its members, such as representation at critical incident scenes.  As mentioned, law enforcement has changed and safeguards are necessary in defense of unjustified litigations brought on by doing one’s job.  It’s on the mainland and it’s just a matter of time when frivolous accusations will cost Hawaii’s members undue discipline, or overzealous politicians will play a part in forcing a member into unnecessary litigation.

Renovating the Union’s Honolulu headquarters and updating its computer and communication systems is ongoing to better serve the membership.  In today’s data-hungry age, accessibility and dissemination of critical and useful information to union members needs to be instantaneous.  This is accomplished with technology, union officials, and your support all working in concert together.

It is up to us as a union to keep up with change, make sure that our members are safe, know their rights, are well-trained, policies are well-written, and there is fairness for all.  Your State Board, the Honolulu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai Chapter Boards of Directors, Shop Stewards, and staff are working proactively, having open communication with our administrations and politicians across our state, to protect your hard-earned rights, wages, and benefits, and to improve working conditions.

Board of Directors

Vice President
Director At Large
Honolulu Chapter Chair
Maui Chapter Chair
Hawaii Chapter Chair
Kauai Chapter Chair
Director At Large

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Contact Us

Address

1717 Hoe St.
Honolulu, HI 96819

Phone

808.847.4676

Fax

808.841.4818

Toll Free

1.800.590.4676

Hours

7:45-4:30 M-F

Address

688 Kinoole St.
Room 220B
Hilo, HI 96720

Phone

808.934.8405

Fax

808.934.8210

Hours

8:00-3:00 Monday
8:00-3:00 Wed
8:00-2:00 Friday
Closed Tues and Thurs

Address

1887 Wili Pa Loop
Suite 2
Wailuku, HI 96793

Phone

808.242.6129

Fax

808.242.9519

Hours

7:00-4:00 M-F

Address

4264 Rice St.
Lihue, HI 96766

P.O Box

P.O. Box 1708
Lihue, HI 96766

Phone

808-246.8911

Hours

7:30-2:00 Monday
7:30-2:00 Wed
7:30-2:00 Friday
Closed-Tues and Thurs