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Embattled mayor offers message of perseverance to students

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The embattled Mayor Billy Kenoi has left high school students with a message of perseverance following an event aimed at teaching Hawaii's youth about leadership.

West Hawaii Today reports that Kenoi, who is facing felony theft and other charges, gave a keynote speech during the fifth annual LEI program on Friday. Julie Morikowa, who is the president of ClimbHI, which hosted the event, says Kenoi's legal issues weren't a concern and the decision to speak at the event was left up to him.

During his 30-minute speech, Kenoi told students that "sometimes you fall down, sometimes you get hurt." He encouraged students to "dust yourself off" and keep going.

Students who attended the forum say they enjoyed Kenoi's message.

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