LIHUE— Men of Kauai showed off flashy high heels to show support for women at Kauai’s Young Women’s Christian Association’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Wednesday.
“They’re (women) extremely important,” said Kauai County Attorney Mauna Kea Trask, who was one of 65 men who paraded around the mall with dozens of women and children to show support for the battle against domestic and sexual violence. “I think not only now but in the past as well. In the Hawaiian culture, women could be as powerful as men.”
After the walk that went from the food court to the water fountain at the mall’s entrance, people enjoyed refreshments and live entertainment. Community members also created teams for the event such as Kukui Grove, which consisted of people from different businesses in the mall.
Prizes were also given to the teams who had the most members. Kauai Muscle and Fitness won first place with a total of 22 walkers and received a gift Certificate to Kalapaki Joe’s Restaurant and a perpetual trophy, which they will hold for a year.
Theodore Cabulisan and Stanton Yoshimori with Kauai Muscle and Fitness stumbled a few times while wearing their red, high-heeled shoes, but were proud to be part of the event.
Both smiled, flashed shakas and chatted with friends during the short walk.
“These are tough on our feet,” Yoshimori said.
Leialoha Sanchez, event coordinator, was pleased with the turnout.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to bring men within our community, not only to recognize that we need men involvement to break the silos of violence but to honor our men that make a difference in our community,” she said.
It was YWCA’s third year hosting the event, which was started in 2011 by Francis Dinnah, who was the director of the Pau Violence Task Force at Kauai Community College.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for men to participate to show that not all men are violent, that not all men are bad people, that we may have made bad decisions in our lives, however, we try and address it, rectify the situation and grow, “Sanchez said.