(BIVN) – The 1 year anniversary of the Kona Women’s March was marked on both sides of Hawaii Island, with an event in Hilo on Saturday and another event in Kona on Sunday.
Last year in Kona, almost 4,000 people marched in Kona for women’s rights and human rights. The events were held following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
“2017 has been a tough year! We marched, protested, resisted, we waved signs on the side of the road, called our legislators, signed petitions, wrote postcards and did what we could to speak up!” event organizers wrote on a Facebook event page. “In 2018 we will move forward by using our collective power to take back our country and improve our lives!”
A march, led by Matriarchy Rising, set off from Hale Halawai at 1 p.m. The marchers returned for a rally, organized by The Women’s March Hawai‘i and Women community members, which continued until 7 p.m. Organizers say the event was held in honor “of Women and the resistance movement.”