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In Focus – World Aids Day

Malama Pono organized Kaua`i’s version of World Aids Day vigil Dec. 1 at Kalapaki Beach.

Malama Pono organized Kaua`i’s version of World Aids Day vigil Dec. 1 at Kalapaki Beach.

Malama Pono Executive Director Michael Sorensen, left, and Lance Naito, of Lihu`e.

Malama Pono Executive Director Michael Sorensen, left, and Lance Naito, of Lihu`e.

Kilauea resident Charles Roessler.

Kilauea resident Charles Roessler.

From left to right, Lance Naito, of Lihu`e, Mistee Bailey-Myrick, of Po`ipu, Seth Laub, of Lihue, and Eric Dominguez, of Lihu`e.

From left to right, Lance Naito, of Lihu`e, Mistee Bailey-Myrick, of Po`ipu, Seth Laub, of Lihue, and Eric Dominguez, of Lihu`e.

Wailua resident Andrew Preston.

Wailua resident Andrew Preston.

Kealoha Alapai and her son, Todd Alapai-Rita, of Kalaheo.

Kealoha Alapai and her son, Todd Alapai-Rita, of Kalaheo.

Kalaheo residents Jeff Tucker, left, and Rob Kvidt.

Kalaheo residents Jeff Tucker, left, and Rob Kvidt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Léo Azambuja

Kaua`i joined the rest of the world last month in remembrance of those who have been affected by or lost their lives to AIDS, an auto-immune disease caused by the HIV virus and that currently has no cure.

About a dozen people attended a candlelight vigil at Kalapaki Beach on World AIDS Day Dec. 1, sharing stories, hope thoughts and prayers.

“This is an opportunity for us to recognize those afflicted by the disease, who passed away or are living with it, and also to recognize the advances toward a cure,” said Mistee Bailey-Myrick, director of prevention services at Malama Pono Health Services.

She said the Kaua`i event is also a reminder we have local organizations such as Malama Pono, a United Way agency, to help with prevention through education, distribution of condoms and HIV testing.

There are 1.2 million living with HIV in the United States, and about 4,000 in the state of Hawai`i, according to Malama Pono.

Malama Pono was founded in 1986, two years before the first World AIDS Day in 1988. The agency’s mission is to stop the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and to serve those affected by those diseases.

Visit www.malama-pono.org for more information.

 

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About the Author:

Léo Azambuja, editor of For Kaua‘i, has won multiple journalism awards in the state of Hawai‘i, including investigative and enterprise reporting, spot news and feature writing, photojournalism and online reporting.

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