On March 24, 2018, hundreds of thousands of students and supporters of the March For Our Lives movement are gathering in Washington D.C. and across the country to demand Congress pass legislation to end gun violence in schools. On Maui, a group of 16 high school students have stepped up to engage our local community on this issue in a way that is attracting major support from several high-profile residents, musicians, athletes, and elected representatives.
“Two of my cousins live in Parkland, Florida and witnessed the shooting that claimed 17 lives. Their parents were forced to watch helplessly after receiving calls from them while they were still locked inside their classrooms. No child should ever have to fear being shot in school and I knew immediately that I wanted to engage other students here on Maui so we could have a voice here as well,” states Rachel Zisk, a King Kekaulike junior.
Since the March for Our Lives movement was first announced, Zisk and other students from multiple public and private Maui high schools have been meeting to help plan what promises to be one of the largest student gatherings on Maui in many years.
At 3pm on March 24, the University of Hawai’i Maui College is sponsoring a gathering on the campus Great Lawn to stand in solidarity with the students of Parkland and other communities who have been impacted by mass shootings. Everyone is welcome to join, bring signs, and listen to inspiring speeches by students, Women’s March Founder, Teresa Shook, and more.
Following the UHMC rally, a ‘Concert For Our Lives’ will take place across the street at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater. The evening will be a star-studded concert in support of ending gun violence in schools and feature student speeches, spoken word, Q&A tables with participating elected officials, and a voter registration drive. Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Willie K, Landon McNamara, Lily Meola, and more are also generously donating their time to perform at this event and show their support for the students of Maui County.
World-renowned surfers Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Albee Layer, and Matt Meola will be on hand to pass out some incredible prizes to students who go online to www.marchforourlivesmaui.com and sign the March for Our Lives Maui pledge, which asks student to pledge to stand up for safe schools and to vote when they turn 18. Prizes include surfboards, a skateboard signed by Tony Hawk, Shinola, RVCA, Sanuk, Outerknown, Lucky Honey, Kipa Collection, Aloha Collection, and so much more! Students must sign the pledge in advance and be present to win.
Scrip will be available to purchase food from some of your favorite food trucks. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available to purchase. This is a family-friendly event and no alcohol will be served. Outside food and beverages will not be allowed.
Eventbrite tickets are required for all free and paid entries. To get tickets go to concert4maui.eventbrite.com This event is free to all students (with school ID) and general admission is $10. Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s box office will not issue tickets for this event.
This is event is being paid in full by the kind support of Peter Hagedorn and Miriam Trahan, The Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, and Shep Gordon. All ticket proceeds will be donated to organizations that support Maui youth working on a national level to end gun violence in schools.