Communities island-wide are participating in a sign-holding event protesting use of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, on Kaua‘i.
The sign-holding is concurrent with similar events planned on the Big Island and O‘ahu, from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
The sign-holding campaign is being planned as a follow-up to the airing of Edgy Lee’s documentary “Ice: Hawai‘i’s Crystal Meth Epidemic,” which is set to air on eight Hawai‘i TV channels from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
County Anti-Drug Coordinator Roy Nishida and the Rev. Roy “Rocky” Sasaki are coordinating the sign-holding event on Kaua‘i. Sasaki said participants should make their own signs.
Sasaki said examples of sign wordings include: “Don’t Meth Around,” “Hugs, Not Drugs,” “Choose 2 B Drug Free,” “Protect Your Future,” and “Anything Is Possible.”
Sasaki also issued cautionary guidelines to participants.
“Sign holders, please don’t wave your signs,” he said.
“Safety is most important. We don’t want anybody getting hurt.”
He also warned drivers to be aware of the sign holders, and to drive defensively.
“Watch the car in front of you,” Sasaki said, “and let your passengers read the words on the signs.”
Nishida urged the community to participate in making a public stand against ice use in Kaua‘i communities.
“Last week’s drug bust is a perfect example of the success we can achieve with community cooperation,” he said.
“Just as the residents of that apartment complex did, we need the community to put its foot down and say ‘We’re not going to take this anymore.'”
Anyone with questions may contact Nishida, 241-6312, or Sasaki, 246-0774.
Please see the list of Kaua‘i sign-holding locations also on this page.
On Kuhio Highway, near Ching Young Village
Kuhio Highway at “Kapa’a Triangle”
On Kaumuali‘i Highway near neighborhood center
On Kekaha Road, in front of Kekaha School
On Kuhio Highway, near Menehune Food Mart
On Po‘ipu Road fronting Koloa School
On Kaumuali‘i Highway fronting Dynasty Court
On Kapule Highway across from Kaua‘i Veterans’ Center
Kuhio Highway at the main entrance to Princeville
On Kaumuali‘i Highway fronting Waimea High School