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Hundreds join the walk to end mental illness stigmas in Hawaii

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hundreds of people hit the streets of Honolulu Saturday with a mission to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

About 850 community members -- nearly 250 more than last year -- took part in the 2017 NAMI Walk Hawaii.

Organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the walk began at Honolulu Hale at 9 a.m.

The goal of the 5K walk was to show support for those suffering from mental health challenges. 

By the end of the event, over $70,000 was raised.

"NAMI Walks are fun events that aid people with serious and persistant mental illness," said Executive Director Kumi Macdonald. "Our totals this year are the largest we have seen. We wish to thank our generous sponsors, organizations and community members who walked and supported us this year."

Entertainers Jeff Rasmussen and Robi Kahakalau also performed. 

For more information on the NAMI walk, click here.

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