STATE LEGISLATORS PAUSE TO SUPPORT HAWAI‘I SAYS NO MORE WEEK

The members of the Hawai‘i State Senate hold up NO MORE placards in honor of the 2017 Hawai‘i Says NO MORE Week.

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – The respective bodies of the state legislature paused after their regular session today to participate in the Hawai‘i Says NO MORE Week challenge. Organized by the Women’s Legislative Caucus, legislators from around the state held up the NO MORE placards with handwritten statements like, “NO MORE ‘Eha” (Hawaiian for sadness and hurt) and “NO MORE Bullying.”

“Today’s recognition by lawmakers of Hawai‘i Says NO MORE is important in breaking the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault in Hawai‘i. As a community, we stand together to say no more to violence and say yes to creating a culture of respect and aloha,” said State Representative Della Au Belatti, one of the organizers for State House members (who are pictured above).

“The Hawai‘i Says NO MORE campaign is about breaking that silence and challenging each of us to speak out about domestic violence, sex assault and other hurtful actions that impact the people we love,” said Senator Rosalyn Baker, co-convener for the Hawai‘i Women’s Legislative Caucus (pictured below). “When we take a stand and take steps to make a change, we’re not only providing hope for the victims of these crimes, but also empowering future generations who will follow by positive example.”

Representatives and Senators of the Hawai‘i Women‘s Legislative Caucus (pictured) encouraged legislators around the state to hold up handwritten placards with phrases like NO MORE Bullying in honor of Hawai‘i Says NO MORE Week.

Hawai‘i State Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English echoed Senator Baker’s remarks by saying, “these issues affect people we love, our family members, our friends, sometimes they suffer in silence and we are here as their family, friends and legislators to say, we support you.”

“Throughout this week, Hawai‘i Says NO MORE core team members have taken our message about ending end sexual assault and domestic violence to every corner of the state. We are grateful to our State legislators for their support of the Hawai‘i Says NO MORE campaign and helping us raise awareness about these issues by participating in the Hawai’i Says NO MORE selfie challenge,” said Maile Zambuto, National Chief Executive Officer of Joyful Heart Foundation.

Hawai‘i Says NO MORE Week launched with the signing of a proclamation by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the lighting of buildings throughout Honolulu, including Honolulu Hale. Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana hosted an event March 9 from 5-8pm with Honolulu-based fashion designer Kini Zamora. Hawai‘i Says NO MORE t-shirts are available for $25 at Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana until Sunday. One hundred percent of the proceeds of t-shirt sales will be donated benefit Hawai’i Says NO MORE efforts to end sexual assault and domestic violence.

On March 10, Hawai‘i Says NO MORE invites all downtown offices and businesses to stop by Bishop Square during lunch hours (11am-1pm) where eight versions of the Hawai‘i Say NO MORE print ads will be displayed on 8-feet-tall by 4-feet-wide cubes. Visitors to Bishop Square can engage in the campaign’s Hawai‘i Says NO MORE selfie challenge and pick up their free Hawai’i Says NO MORE car magnet.

Kapolei Commons is displaying the NO MORE symbol and lighting its building in NO MORE blue through Sunday, March 12. Regal Kapolei Commons 12 will display Hawai‘i Says NO MORE print ads.

Hawai‘i Says NO MORE car magnets are available at over 20 locations across Hawai‘i. For locations, visit: hawaiisaysnomore.com/magnet.

Businesses — which include AdWalls Hawai‘i, Bloomingdale’s, Hagadone Printing, Kapolei Commons, Kobayashi Group, MacNaughton Group, Royal Theaters, and Wall-to-Wall Studios — have also provided generous support to help raise visibility during Hawai‘i Says NO MORE Week.

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