Thank you so much, everyone! “The public relations activity for epilepsy patients in Hawaii and their family” was done performing with everyone’s smile
Kokualoha reported about “the public relations activity for epilepsy patients in Hawaii and their family” in both English and Japanese. On the day, many people came to support the activity in front of Hawaii State Capitol, even though heat still stayed outside around 4pm to 6pm.
As public relations activity, holding signs and waving hands or shaka to cars driving by may be uncommon style in Japan. If you see it for the very first time, it may surprise you a little.
People holding signs waved their hands or shaka (raising a thumb and a little finger, the original sign in Hawaii.) with smile toward cars driving by in front of the Hawaii State Capitol on Beretania Street. Then many cars were cutting down on speed and honk. Some drivers even opened the window and shaka back to them.
Their exchanging smiles and shaka to each other comforted me. I realized for the first time, the car honk is used not only turning attention, but also is used for a message to deliver “I support you”.
The trolley bus for Japanese tourists. They also waved their hands back
Some participants said “I am very encouraged by these 2hours. I can beat the illness!”
“Hope”, “Fight for a cure!” standing on the street with signs with messages
The Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii is celebrating Epilepsy Awareness Month in November, and sponsored this activity. There are approx. 15,000 epilepsy patients in Hawaii.
There are biased views against epilepsy patients, but I believe those steady activities lead understanding.
Some cars passed by over and over to honk many times. I wondered they went around again and again for that.
"Strangers don’t even know each other’s name, but their hearts connect for an instant”, I thought it is wonderful.
Many Kokualoha viewers who participated the activity were Japanese. They commented that "it was the first experience, but made me feel great”.
English is not necessary. Just bring your smile! Kokualoha is going to introduce more on those activities. Please join us by all means. Even tourists are welcome!
Again, thank you very much this time. Junko Shiozawa
I and my daughter who fight against spinocerebellar degeneration also participated
60 participants. Kids whose siblings fight against epilepsy also joined
The image is blur, but the driver on the red car signed shaka back
Kokualoha is looking for volunteer staff to involve charities and events. Please share your Aloha.