Video by David Corrigan, Voice of Stephanie Salazar
HILO, Hawaii: Island kane were stepping into something a little less comfortable this weekend here at the YWCA in Downtown Hilo.
Flamboyantly feminine slippers and high heels – for those who were brave enough – were worn by these men, dedicated to the march to stop rape, sexual assault and family violence. It was all a part of the 2012 WhY-Walk… formerly known as Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. The event raises money for community programs like Sexual Support Services, Teen Court, Healthy Start, Enhanced Healthy Start, Preschool and Aquatics.
As always, top police and fire officials joined in for the cause. You wont catch Chief Harry Kubojiri and his fellow officers in this sort of footwear very often…
And ts not a WhY-Walk without the mayor, who went hard core yet again this year with these monster high heels.
For those who didnt have a pair of their own, there were a limited number of ladies shoes on standby. Of course, the more comfortable shoes went first.
After everyone was geared up, it was time for a parade around the Ululano Street building, followed by some warm up exercises.
And then it was time to get the march underway outside. The one mile walk took the participants down Ululani, onto Haili Street, right onto Kamehameha, then Ponahawai, Kinoole, and back again.
At the same time in Kona, another Why-Walk was held – it started and ended at Kona International Market on Luhia Street.