Aloha FBINAA Hawaii Chapter Members,
I hope this message finds all of you in good health and spirits. I wanted to give you an update on our plans for moving forward in 2021, but first, I want to provide a re-cap of 2020.
As you all know, the Maui Police Department National Academy Graduates had worked hard and tirelessly planning for the 2020 Hawaii Chapter Re-trainer, which was set for May 6 – 8, 2020 in Kaanapali. On March 16, 2020, I was given the word that our Re-trainer would have to be cancelled due to Governor David Ige’s proclamation regarding gatherings, to include conferences.
Prior to the cancellation, we were excited with our agenda of speakers. Our theme was Caring for our People. We were focused on Supervisor Liability and Leadership. Some of our speakers were nationally recognized and highly sought after by other agencies. They included Paul Butler, Joe Collins, Eric Daigle, and Special Agent John Lehr. Agent Lehr was going to present on a case involving the Hawaii Soldier who was arrested and convicted for having ISIS ideations while serving in the U.S. Army. Ms. Teani Kaluhikaua, our Youth Leadership Program representative, was to be our keynote speaker for our banquet. As always, we had a high outpouring of support from our many sponsors who were willing to assist. As the months went on, we continued to monitor the situation globally and here at home. In July of 2020, your Board of Directors met virtually and discussed our options.
At this meeting, it was decided the Board of Directors would remain in place for another term. This was done so that Maui could host the re-trainer in 2021. With the pandemic still on-going, the proclamation has not been amended concerning gatherings, thus we have not been able to plan for a venue or dates for 2021. I continue to receive inquiries from sponsors wanting to help with our Re-trainer. With vaccinations currently taking place, I am hopeful that we can plan for a smaller Re-trainer later in the year.
If we are not able to have a re-trainer, we will probably do a virtual General Membership meeting for all chapter members so that we can move the Chapter forward with a new board.
If you are not aware, the National Academy graduated the 279th Session in March of 2020, their last session. There was discussion on proceeding with the 280th Session at various points in 2020, but that did not pan out. Currently, there is no definite date on when they will welcome back and resume the National Academy Sessions.
Should you have any suggestions or concerns, please reach out to any board member so that we can address it promptly. I am hopeful we will soon be able to enjoy each other’s company again, but until then, remain safe and healthy.
Ricky C. Uedoi
President, FBINAA - Hawaii Chapter
The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program—which provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science—serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.
Leaders and managers of state, local, county, tribal, military, federal, and international law enforcement agencies attend the FBI National Academy. Participation is by invitation only, through a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every U.S. state and territory and from international partner nations.
The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc., is a dynamic organization of over 17,000 law enforcement professionals who actively work to continue developing higher levels of competency, cooperation, and integrity across the law enforcement community.
The FBINAA Hawaii Chapter was organized in 1971 and currently consists of over 100 active members representing the State of Hawaii, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Marianas, America Samoa, the Republic of Palau and Guam.