Graduation Season Begins

Moanalua graduate Andy Dieb
Moanalua graduate Andy Dieb

(KHNL) - The drinking and driving message is apparently getting out. Of the 35 deadly traffic crashes on Oahu so far this year, Honolulu police say only one is possibly alcohol-related.

With graduation season starting, it's a trend that many hope will continue.

"We hope that these celebrations that are going to be happening that will be going on for the next several weeks will be full of cheer and lots of excitement, but not alcohol," said Connie Abram, executive director of MADD Hawaii. "We don't want a fun event to turn into a lifetime of tragedy or sorrow."

The message is clear to a couple of seniors at Moanalua High School. Both will be participating in the school sponsored Project Graduation,  an alcohol free party for graduates.

"If you have good friends, you can just chill however you want," said Daniel Ching. "I don't need to get drunk. I'm already natural high kine."

"It's gonna be fun," said Andy Dieb. "Mostly everyone goes, so it's good to go Project Grad."

Moanalua's commencement exercises is Friday -- the first among Hawaii public high schools.

"My teacher said you'll remember three things in your life --graduation, your kid and marriage," said Ching.

"What really matters is that they're together and they're celebrating something that they're really happy and proud of," said Abram.

Honolulu police say it is continuing its weekly, unannounced DUI checkpoints. They say it'll be increased over the Memorial Day weekend.