Two years ago, the Joyful Heart Foundation joined 14 of Hawai'i's leading government and non-profit organizations to launch Hawai'i Says NO MORE, a collaboration of individuals, programs, and organizations around Hawai?i who are taking action to increase awareness and visibility to prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault.
Since then, Hawai'i Says NO MORE has raised awareness about this violence across the state and encouraged public discussions to break the silence, shame, and stigma surrounding these issues. As Rick Blangiardi, General Manager of Hawai'i News Now and one of the 23 participants in the Hawai'i Says NO MORE PSA campaign, said regarding our responsibility to end this violence in Hawai'i, "Hawai?i Says NO MORE is about men engaging men. About role models standing up. About bringing young people into this conversation, early and often. It is time for all of us to step up–to find organizations to support, to support a family member or friend in need—and to be brave."
Hawai'i Says NO MORE Week, which runs March 5-12, includes efforts and events across the state. In honor of Hawai'i Says NO MORE Week, Honolulu Hale and the IBM building will light their respective buildings the NO MORE blue color all week. As Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has said: "It's about all of us coming together as one community to say this type of violence has got to stop."
In honor of Joyful Heart Foundation and Hawai'i Says NO MORE Week, Kini Zamora, Project Runway alum, local designer and Hawai'i Says NO MORE advocate will be on hand to style and sign your purchase from our collection of Hawai'i Says NO MORE t-shirts.
For more information on Hawai'i Says NO MORE and a full listing of activities planned for the week, visit http://hawaiisaysnomore.org.