Hawaiʻi Health & Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC) has been a part of Honolulu life for over 35 years. Carrying the torch of Life Foundation (1983-2018) it is oldest and largest AIDS services organization in Hawaiʻi. We provide direct services to over 700 persons living with HIV on O῾ahu. Honolulu AIDS Walk began in 1991 and helps us raise needed funds better serve them and supports other prevention and education efforts to benefit the community. Over 3,000 participate at Kapi῾olani Park in a typical year. But these are not typical times. We have brought the walk online this year to keep our community safe and expanded our reach across the month of June.
On June 1 HHHRC will honor the 30th anniversary of the Honolulu AIDS Walk with a month-long celebration. Highlights include a 30-minute televised special on KHON2 and a month-long virtual AIDS Walk. The televised special – 40 years of HIV and 30 years of the Honolulu AIDS Walk – highlights our community’s resilience in the battle against HIV/AIDS. It’ll feature many prominent public figures who were at the forefront of navigating our ohana through the HIV epidemic, local musicians, and personal stories of perseverance.
“Residents of Hawaii should take pride in our state placing public health at the forefront of its ongoing response to HIV/AIDS just as it has for the past three and half decades. We’ve offered care services and medication to people living with HIV, prohibited discrimination against those living with HIV, and funded a statewide syringe exchange program to proactively prevent HIV outbreaks among persons who inject drugs,” says HHHRC Executive Director Heather Lusk. “We also are profoundly indebted to those who have been public champions on behalf of people living with HIV. Among them are Life Foundation Co-Founders Dr. David McEwan and Jack Law, Life Foundation executive Paul Groesbeck, and those who have marshalled community support like entertainer Brickwood Galuteria, who lost his younger brother Jimmy to AIDS in 1992.”
There are events and activities to have fun and build community. You will have an opportunity to become a monthly supporter of HHHRC with our gift giving program. Go to our website – www.honoluluaidswalk.org – to sign up and keep up with our schedule.
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HHHRC’s mission is to reduce harm, promote health, create wellness, and fight stigma in Hawaii and the Pacific. We serves Hawai’i communities by reducing the harm and fighting the stigma of HIV, hepatitis, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, and poverty in our community. We focus our efforts on those disproportionately affected by social determinants of health, including but not limited to: people living with and/or affected by HIV, hepatitis, substance use, and the transgender, LGBQ and the Native Hawaiian communities. We foster health, wellness, and systemic change in Hawai’i and the Pacific through care services, advocacy, training, prevention, education, and capacity building.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, HHHRC has responded to the emerging needs of the community by partnering with Hawaii Foodbank to distribute over 300,000 pounds of food to those in need across Oahu. It has also worked with state and local government officials in the administration of quarantine facilities in Iwilei and now Waikiki.