MEO at the Molokai Drug Free Movement

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May 10, 2022

MEO offers information, swag at Moloka‘i Drug Free Movement event Youths tried to connect the dots with inebriation simulation goggles, picked up swag and learned about Maui Economic Opportunity services at the Moloka‘i Drug Free Movement event on Saturday, May 7, at Kūlana ʻŌiwi in Kaunakakai.

Sponsored by the Molokai Island Foundation, the event, which drew about 200 people, featured free food, entertainment by Augie T, Kekoa Carvalho, Jeremiah Kaholoaa and Terann Pavao, prize drawings and information booths.

Between 50 and 75 people stopped by the MEO table, where information on the new Kāohi program was available. Funded by the Nuestro Futuro Foundation, Kāohi offers prevention services for under-age drinking, tobacco and vaping as well as suicide and bullying for youths ages 11 to 18. Information on MEO transportation services and business development and financial literacy classes also were shared.

The MEO Moloka‘i team handed out Youth Services swag, including stickers for the crisis text line and under-age drinking prevention campaign. There was an activity where youths donned goggles simulating effects at 0.17 to 0.2 blood alcohol levels – way higher than the 0.08 legal limit in Hawai‘i – while trying to connect the dots.

For more information, contact MEO’s Moloka‘i branch at (808) 553-3216.

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Youths attempt to connect the dots while wearing goggles simulating blood alcohol levels of 0.17 to 0.2 at the Maui Economic Opportunity table at the Moloka‘i Drug Free Movement on Saturday, May 7, at Kūlana ʻŌiwi.

Mela Candelario, MEO Youth Services Kāohi program coordinator, staffs the MEO table at the Moloka‘i Drug Free Movement event.

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