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Pinwheels for change sprout along State Capitol lawn

Chet Adessa Chet Adessa
Christine Hoglund Christine Hoglund
Pono Fernandez, on right Pono Fernandez, on right

By Oscar Valenzuela - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kids, grown-ups and volunteer sailors showed up at the State Capitol lawn to do some planting. However, they weren't planting flowers or trees, but box-load after box-load of brilliant silver and blue pinwheels.

In support of child abuse prevention month, people took part in the second annual Pinwheels for Prevention. Stopping child abuse before it happens is the new message that Chet Adessa hopes to promote.

"The old symbol was the blue ribbon and that kind of focused on the problem of abuse and neglect but now we want to turn that around and have the pinwheel represent winds of change," Adessa said. 

Adessa says he hopes to spread the word by using 10,000 pinwheels as a stark, yet beautiful visual message.

Many parents brought their kids to help and said it was worthwhile not only for the cause but to help their own children understand. Christine Hoglund said it was worth the Sunday afternoon outing, "It's only a couple of hours and I brought my little ones and my daughter. It gets them involved in community service and gets them aware of how lucky they are."

Two Miss Hawaii 2010 contestants got down on their hands and knees, gown and all. Stating they didn't mind getting a little dirty.

"Not at all, of course not," said Miss Waikiki Pono Fernandez. "That's what Miss Hawaii's all about. It's about service and making people aware of the issues that are going on in Hawaii."

There are over 4,500 cases of child abuse and neglect reported in Hawaii.

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