Police Strictly Enforces Underage Drinking Laws

Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona
Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's graduation season, a time for celebration and parties.

But state officials are sending a strong warning: they will not tolerate underage drinking.

Over the next six months, Honolulu Police will strictly enforce underage drinking laws.

Stores and bars with liquor licenses will be closely monitored to ensure alcohol isn't being sold to minors.

Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona says 9% of 6th through 12th graders statewide drink on a daily basis.

"Over 40% of alcohol that our children use are obtained through our parents, their parents, uncles, brothers, sisters and friends and we want to cut down on that accessibility," said Aiona.

Police will also keep a close eye on neighborhood parks and private parties to make sure minors aren't drinking. The Lieutenant Governor also announced a goal for this summer -- no fatalities involving a minor.