Rain didn’t stop thousands of people from participating in the local March For Our Lives rally in downtown Honolulu.
The march was organized and led entirely by students who told KHON2 they won’t let this movement fade away anytime soon.
A huge crowd of students and their supporters made sure their message was heard loud and clear.
An estimated 5,000 people converged on the state Department of Education and then back to the state capitol.
Students of all ages rallied for change.
“I just want to put an end to this. I’m tired. It is depressing having to have children who are 6, high schoolers, anybody to come here and have to protest against this because this shouldn’t be happening,” one young student said to the crowd.
“When I saw the Parkland students standing up, I was like it’s time. It’s time for me to step up as well,” Jun Shin, one of the rally coordinators, said.
Many in the crowd were parents and teachers.
Jennifer Martensson marched alongside her children and said the event was an emotional experience.
“I was blown away. I’ve been to a lot of marches in Hawaii and I’ve never seen a turnout like I did today,” Martensson said. “I brought them here today so they could see the thousands and thousands of people who are working together to make their future more secure.”
Students encouraged each other to keep the momentum going well after the march is over.
“They keep calling us lazy. They keep calling us misinformed, like not willing to do anything about it so you know why when it comes to such a serious issue, they tell us ‘sit down you don’t know anything about it.’ We have to stop this double standard,” Shin said.
“I personally am going to write emails and letters to legislators and congressmen. It can happen to anyone and that’s why we have to keep marching,” student Monica Kenny said.
There were also several gun rights rallies held across the country on Saturday with people marching in support of the Second Amendment.