HONOLULU (KHON2) — In recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, participants are encouraged to wear blue at sign-waving events being held everywhere, including across the islands.

Ho`ōla Nā Pua, a nonprofit committed to preventing sex trafficking, is leading a statewide effort to raise awareness on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

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At 11 a.m., a declaration and proclamation is scheduled to be held at Honolulu Hale, with Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, public officials, law enforcement and community stakeholders in attendance.

Sign-waving events will be held at the following locations between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.


  • McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Blvd.
  • In front of First Hawaiian Bank, Haleiwa Town


  • Kauai Historic County Building, 4396 Rice St.


  • UH Maui College, 310 W. Kaahuman Ave. (near Sears)


  • Texaco Kaunakaki


  • Old Dole Administration Building, 730 Lanai Ave.


  • Bay-Front St. near Kamehameha Statue
  • Fronting Walmart and Denny’s on Henry St.

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Participants are asked to meet at their locations at 2 p.m. Per COVID-19 guidelines, attendees are required to wear masks at all times and keep six feet of social distance from those outside of their households.