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Waving a Message

Youth got together to share a message promoting healthy lifestyles last week. A sign waving in conjunction with National Recovery Month helped educate the Molokai community about mental or substance abuse disorders and the treatments available.

Hosted by Alu Like’s Hoala Hou program and the Ho`i Ho`i Leadership Group, the annual sign waving was held this year on Sept. 26. Ho`i Ho`i Leadership Group is comprised of eight middle and high school students who participate in weekly lessons, activities and service projects through Alu Like, according to Jana Sasada, program supervisor.

“Our Ho’i Ho’i Leadership Group plays a big role in organizing, planning and preparing all of our community activities and service projects,” said Sasada.  “We’ve been hosting our leadership Group for over five years.”

The students promote positive peer modeling, develop leadership skills, learn about the detrimental effects of drugs and alcohol and how to live a positive and healthy lifestyle, and learn the importance of giving back to the community.

They were joined in this photo by keiki and community members for the sign waving who came out to support the cause.

Every year, Alu Like organizes activities in September in observance of supporting those in recovery as well as host weekly information dissemination booths in front of FMC to bring education and awareness to our community, said Sasada.

Photo courtesy of Jana Sasada.

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