The fifth annual Hui Ho‘okupono (Men Against Violence) ‘Ohana Fun Day, a drug-free and free event for the public, was held at the Clem Akina Park at Puueo Community Center on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., attracting 150 members of the public.
More than 50 representatives of agencies and sponsors turned out to give of their time, treats and toys for the keikis.
Hui Ho‘okupono is a subcommittee of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Family Violence Interagency Committee and continues to make the public aware of and to stop Domestic Violence.
The main idea of having a fun day is to have families come together and enjoy the day together. There were lucky number drawings and refreshments throughout the day. Every family received something. The most popular activities were the water slide, keiki ID and decorating a T-shirt with a positive message.
“Talented young artists with great ideas were able to express themselves as they painted and decorated their individual T-shirt which was taken home at the end of the day,” said a spokesman.
Agencies and sponsors that participated were: Akaka Falls Lions Club, Big Island Church of Christ, Boy Scouts of America (Troop 42) , Girl Scouts of America, Patrick Cabuyadao, Catholic Charities Hawaii, Councilman Fresh Onishi, Hawaii Police Department, Hawaii Wildfire Management, Office of Housing and Community Development, Office of the Mayor, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and Mitch Roth, Parks and Recreation, EVCO Evelyn Lee, Hope Services Hawaii, Hospice of Hilo, Aaron Miyasato, Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, RICOH – USA “A Solution Company,” Suisan Co. Ltd., The Men of Pa‘a, The Salvation Army, The UHH Men of Strength Club and The Women of Pa‘a.
The keiki enjoyed make-it-and-take-it activities, received school supplies and other goodies. The Hawaii Police Department presented “Shattered Dreams,” a heart-wrenching “Don’t Drink and Drive” message from the Waiakea High School students.
Ten members and a family member of the Akaka Falls Lions Club conducted free vision screening of 39 youngsters from preschool to the ninth grade and adults. Parents were appreciative for the opportunity to have their keikis screened and waited patiently to see the results. All those screened were provided with either a colorful pinwheel or an American flag.
Hui Ho‘okupono ‘Ohana Fun Day was co-chaired by Lions Glen “Shige” Shigehara and Roxanne Aburamen from the Akaka Falls Lions Club along with the assistance of a supportive committee in planning this popular annual event.