Grind Time: Tip a Cop returns to Ward Centers

Jul. 31, 2014 | 0 Comments


Local law enforcement officers will serve in a different capacity this week to help raise money for Special Olympics Hawai’i.

COURTESY SPECIAL OLYMPICS HAWAI'IHonolulu Police Department officers will provide a different type of service this week to benefit Special Olympics Hawai'i.


Honolulu Police Department officers will provide a different type of service this week to benefit Special Olympics Hawai’i.

Now in its 24th year, Tip a Cop gets officers out of their uniforms and into local restaurants to work as servers during the dinner rush. While no special menus or discounts apply, all of the tips collected by officers during their shift will be donated to Special Olympics Hawai’i.

Funds raised will benefit the annual Aukake Classic, which brings together more than 400 participants from around the state and includes a multi-division soccer tournament, individual soccer skills competition and bocce competition.

“We are grateful to Ward Centers and our local law enforcement agents for making our Tip a Cop event possible again this year. Without their continued commitment and the generosity of the community, we would not be able to provide the high level of support we offer our athletes,” Special Olympics Hawai‘i president and CEO Nancy Bottelo said in a statement. “Tip a Cop has helped us to raise more than $200,000 in tips and an incredible amount awareness and support for our local athletes over the years.”

Cops will be on duty from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the following Ward Centers restaurants:

» Big City Diner
» Dave & Buster’s
» Genki Sushi
» Kaka‘ako Kitchen
» Kincaid’s Fish, Chop and Steak House
» Ryan’s Grill
» Wahoo’s Fish Taco

For more details about Tip a Cop, call (808) 943-8808, visit or follow Special Olympics Hawai’i on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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