Combating violence

LIHUE — Sheryl Keliipio of the Kauai Violence Prevention Coalition was thrilled when representatives of the different agencies and community groups turned out to plant pinwheels on the lawn of the historic County Building on Thursday.

“This is what collaboration is about,” Keliipio said. “We have at least 10 different organizations working to observe April as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Sexual Awareness and Prevention Month.”

Last week, the organizations gathered at the Moikeha Building rotunda to receive proclamations and certificates for their respective observances.

“In the spirit of breaking down silos, we believe that we can make the difference in the lives of young children and their families by supporting each other,” said Theresa Koki, Life’s Choices Kauai coordinator. “Our community partners have committed to work collaboratively on the challenges faced by our families and to look for opportunities that affect change on the social conditions that bring about those challenges.”

Keliipio said the pinwheels are reminders of childlike notions and stand for healthy, happy and full lives children deserve.

Other activities being celebrated by the participating agencies include the Parent-Child Fair at the Kukui Grove Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

On April 17, Koki and others will head to the Big Save and Times Supermarkets armed with stickers in the Alcohol Sticker Shock campaign.

That same day, the Children’s Justice Center will have an open house .

The YWCA of Kauai will host its Walk A Mile in Her Shoes on April 22 at the Kukui Grove Center.

April 23 will be observed as Everybody Wear Denim Day, and on April 24, is the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism.


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