April was Alcohol Awareness Month and Hawaiʻi residents showed up to support! Over 50 East Hawaiʻi residents lined the busy main highway near Walmart in Hilo on April 23, 2021, to spread awareness and show support for the issue. Many made homemade posters to remind our communities to “Think Before You Drink” and “Choose Prevention For A Better Big Island”. Our numbers were bolstered by keiki and youth who made posters and joined the sign-waving. One more of the posters read “Underage Drinking is NEVER Safe”. Our advocates were greeted by many shakas showing support, as thousands of cars drove by during Friday evening rush hour traffic at one of Hilo’s busiest intersections.
The East Hawaiʻi Drug-Free Coalition was excited to support this event, organized by the Hawaiʻi Police Department and the County of Hawaiʻi Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Other supporting organizations included the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard, Target Hawaiʻi- Hilo, Starbucks, Councilmember Sue Lee Loy, The Salvation Army Hilo Corps, HPM Building Supply, Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute, Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources – Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, Department of Public Safety – Sheriff Division, and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. Find out more about our newest Coalition on the Big Island, the East Hawaiʻi Drug-Free Coalition, by contacting Jade Iokepa at email@example.com, visit the website at ehdfc.org, or visit them on Facebook and/or Instagram to learn more!