HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The State has formed a new partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to prevent and reduce underage drinking in Hawaii.
The partnership will use a $10.45 million federal grant to implement strategies to prevent alcohol use among children.
The State will commit five years to address the public health concern of underage drinking.
"Hawaii is on the frontline of a national call to action to prevent and reduce underage drinking," said Lt. Governor James Aiona. "Any successful strategy to combat underage drinking requires adults, especially parents, to be involved. Parents need to be the first and last line of defense."
Underage drinking will be the focus of several events in April. To help raise awareness, Governor Lingle and Lt. Governor Aiona proclaimed April as "Alcohol Awareness Month".
The Hawaii Partnership to Prevent Underage Drinking is coordinating 12 town hall meetings throughout the state to address underage drinking.