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August 3, 2006

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CITY TACKLES UNDERAGE DRINKING

 

            Mayor Mufi Hannemann and island entertainer Tani Lynn Fujimoto today unveiled a public service campaign aimed at curbing underage drinking in Honolulu.

 

            “Too often we are witness to the tragic consequences of underage drinking in our community,” Mayor Hannemann said.  “Our hope is that through education, regulation and enforcement we can make a positive impact.”

 

            Hannemann thanked Tani Lynn for volunteering her time to participate in the city’s “Be Smart, Don’t Start” campaign.  The mayor and the local entertainer appear together in a public service announcement that airs on local television stations and in educational material the state Department of Education plans to distribute through its driver’s education classes.

 

            Hannemann also presented the star of Discovery Kids’ hit show “Flight 29 Down” with a Certificate of Merit.

 

            “I’m happy to be a part of this important effort to discourage island teenagers from drinking,”  Tani Lynn said.  “Too many young lives are lost and too many families suffer when boys and girls drink before they are legally able to do so.”

 

            Hannemann also pointed out that the Honolulu Liquor Commission is stepping up its efforts in the fight.

 

            “We are involved in a number of areas,” said Liquor Control Administrator Dewey Kim.  “The Honolulu Liquor Commission is training the staffs at liquor-selling and serving establishments on how to best comply with the law that forbids serving minors. We are in the schools with something we call Project LEARN, and we continue our work with the Honolulu Police Department to crack down on those licensees who insist on selling to minors.”

 

            Kim thanked Mayor Hannemann for the City’s sponsorship of an alcohol-free concert scheduled for August 26th at Andrews Amphitheatre on the University of Hawaii campus.

 

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Contact:

              Bill Brennan, 527-6928

              Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

 

Thursday, August 03, 2006

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