A lesson in child safety

KAUA’I FIREMAN Solomon Kanoho introduces little Brittney Yoshida to the world

of fire engines and hoses at last weekend’s Child Safety Awareness Day. Miss

Yoshida was delighter.

(Photo by Dennis Fujimoto)

By DENNIS

FUJIMOTO

TGI Staff Photographer

LIHU’E — Behind the wheel of a bright

red fire truck, 18-month-old Brittney Yoshida’s face lit up with a smile.

As fireman Solomon Kanoho held the youngster, she reached out to the heavy

nozzle of a fire hose.

Brittney was one of many Kaua’i children who

attended Honda’s Child Safety Awareness Day May 20. The event was sponsored by

King Auto Center in conjunction with the Kawaihau Little League.

Event

coordinator Ora Dileonardo said Kaua’i’s fire department, police department and

ambulance crews were on hand to help with the program designed to teach

families how to stay safe.

Kawaihau Little League adult officers manned the

food booth that offered visitors a chance to whet their appetites while a crew

of baseball players frolicked between emerging cars from the King Auto Center

car wash, anxious to lend their youthful energies towards wiping down the

dripping autos.

Outside the showroom, the 10 & Under Na Alakai inline

hockey team stood ready in helmets and proper pads to allow youngsters an

opportunity to test their skill by skating through an obstacle course of cones

as well as having an opportunity to score against the goalie of the 12 &

Under team, Holomua.

The hockey team took time out from their practice as

they prepared to head to Maui where they will play in the state finals for

inline hockey from June 9 through 11.

A coach as well as a contingent of

parent volunteers were on hand to answer any questions parents of potential

inline skaters may have had, or help explain some of the safety rules of inline

skaters to budding skaters.

Each year, more than a million children

nationwide are injured or killed in preventable household, traffic, and

recreational accidents. Traffic accidents alone account for more than 700,000

of these injuries or deaths.

Working with its ongoing sponsorship of

Little League baseball, American Honda and close to 500 of its dealerships

nationally are trying to reduce these numbers through education.

The hockey

players were well aware of their mission as they pointed out dangerous

maneuvers to youngsters eager to try their hand at making it through the

obstacle course so they could have a hand at a shot-on-goal.

Inside the

King Auto showroom, a crew of police officers headed by Paul Kanoho conducted a

keiki ID station sponsored by Polaroid’s Project KidCare.

As some

youngsters worked at getting their fingerprints onto a “passport” card, and,

with the aid of King Auto sales professionals taking measurements of keiki,

Kanoho worked the Polaroid camera to make sure the children were

photographed.

The passports provide parents with current information,

physical description, and photo identification of their children—information

that is imperative to the search and recovery of missing children.

“The

Honda dealer network offers us a unique opportunity to reach into local

communities to provide important child safety information directly to

families,” said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor

Co., Inc.

“If we can help one child through our efforts, Child Safety

Awareness Day will be a success.”

The event was enhanced by the Visitor

Industry Charity Walk that was taking place just uphill at the Kukui Grove Park

and Pavilion.

American Medical Response island manager Zack Octavio and his

crews were on hand to lend their medical presence to the event and made their

way over to the auto dealership following the completion of the walk where they

were on hand to inspect and instruct families on the proper installation of

child safety seats

Mike Kano, Sparky, and the shift crew from the Lihu’e

fire station were also on hand for the charity event before making their

appearance at King Auto Center to the delight of the steady flow of families

and youngsters eager for a closeup view of the fire truck.

Kaua’i Police

officers and bike patrol officers were also on duty at the charity walk before

working at allowing families a closer view of their patrol unit as well as

helping with the Polaroid Project KidCare identification station.

Kawaihau

Little League players not involved in games were on hand to help wipe down car

wash autos as well as provide food through a food booth offering.

American

Honda Motor Co., Inc. developed its dealership-based Child Safety Awareness Day

in cooperation with Little League Baseball, Polaroid’s Project KidCare, the

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the National Highway

Traffic Safety Administration.

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