Keeping our Keiki safe from the many risks and dangers that kids face today will be the topic of a discussion led by MEO’s Dane Ka’ae at Akaku Upstairs on Thursday, July 25 at 6:00 pm.
The risks inherent to childhood have grown more dangerous in the modern era. In addition to the age-old temptations of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and unsafe sex, new threats like vaping, cyberbullying and an increased incidence of teen suicide add to the challenges of growing up.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among high-school aged children across the US and Hawaii leads the nation in the number of teens who have attempted suicide at least once in high school.
According to data from the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health, one out of every 10 Hawaii teens has already tried to commit suicide.
Ka’ae is the Director of Youth Services for Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. and supervises their programs aimed at reducing underage drinking and drug abuse. He is also involved with their campaign against teen vaping, which he says is more prevalent on Maui than elsewhere in Hawaii.
He and his staff will share the stage with some of the local youths who participate in MEO’s programs as they spread valuable information and life skills intended to help young people and their parents navigate the increasingly daunting landscape of childhood.
Salons are held Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 pm in the Akakū Media Lab, 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului, just upstairs from the Akakū TV studios and KAKU Radio.