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April 12, 2018

Flame from Kilauea Volcano Will Light Up a Very Special State Summer Games

A special flame will help light the journey for Special Olympics Hawai’i athletes participating in this year’s State Summer Games. This week a group made up of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics Hawai’i representatives hiked to Kilauea Volcano to light the Flame of Hope. This flame will be transferred in miner’s lamps to Kauai, Maui, Hawai’i Island and O’ahu. Later this month officers will carry the flame during their annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and use it to light the flame at their area competitions.
 
“This torch lighting is a special way for us to honor the 50 years Special Olympics has helped bring intellectual disabilities out of the darkness and into the light, creating a community of understanding and respect,” said Cindy Ujimori, Special Olympics Hawai’i vice president of community outreach.

This event is in recognition of Special Olympics Hawai’i’s 50th anniversary which kicks off in July. Since 1968 Special Olympics has helped change attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities, creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all.

The flame will be transported to the islands by the crew of the USCG Cutter Oliver Berry and the USCG Cutter Ahi as they conduct their normal operational duties and ongoing training.

The flame will make an appearance on each island:
Saturday, April 14:      Maui Law Enforcement Torch Run
Saturday, April 14:      East Hawai’i Law Enforcement Torch Run
Saturday, April 21:      Kauai Law Enforcement Torch Run
Saturday, April 21:      West Hawai’i Law Enforcement Torch Run
Saturday, April 21     Moloka’i Law Enforcement Torch Run
Friday, May 25           First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run (O’ahu)

Statewide law enforcement officers from federal, state and county agencies will run to raise awareness, funds and hope for people with intellectual disabilities. On O’ahu, the First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run is named after Troy Barboza, a Honolulu Police Department officer who spent his off-duty time coaching Special Olympics athletes. This is the only Torch Run program in the world named after a fallen officer. Since it was first established, the Torch Run has raised over $7,297,442 for Special Olympics Hawai’i.

For more information on Special Olympics Hawai‘i please contact (808) 695-3533 or visit www.sohawaii.org.  

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