Burn out suicide!

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jade Anne Parsonson, Desiree Duclayon, Rhoda Libre

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Cyson Woodward

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jim Drake, Joey Drake

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Junior Cabreira, Leighton Cabreira III, Kaimana Kuahiwinui

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mark, Valerie Willman

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mike Drake, Kaylynn Drake, Angela Drake - South Dakota

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Natalie Gundert, Diana Lee Tiare, Unio Punzal, Nellie Coblentz - Seattle, Washington, Rain Barrett Verd

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Rodrigo Drone, Kaedyn Oga, Shanti Oga

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kae-Lynn Akasaki, Mahina McGarry

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jan Cox, Marga Goosen, Donna Olivas Kaohi

Kaylynn Drake started Kekua Aloha Foundation after being impacted by suicide. That was four years ago when she was just a high school freshman, when her home town of Anahola saw a rash of youth and young-adult suicides.

Today, knocking on the door of graduation from high school, she spent part of her spring break putting together the Fourth annual Keiki Fun Day and Second Burn Out Suicide fire-knife competition that came together at Kapaa Beach Park.

This year, the presentation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention included a dance camp fundraiser at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church gym in Kapaa.

Mike Drake, Kaylynn’s dad, said the greatest gift a person can give is time — time to listen to struggles, time to spend with people to avoid getting into a struggle situation, and time to enjoy other people.

Special guests included Rex Tiumalu, a world champion fire-knife dancer from Orlando, Fla., and Angela Drake from South Dakota.

1 Comments
  1. omg watnow April 5, 2019 9:47 am Reply

    I was there and it was off the chain.. . . entertainment from keiki to adults and to top it off the Samoan Fire Knife competition was “lit”! Hope to attend Every Year!


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