November 27, 2002
December 1, 2002
This December 1st, Hawaii will join communities
throughout the world in a unified observance of World AIDS Day.
Annually, World AIDS Day serves to strengthen global efforts to address
the challenges of the AIDS pandemic, which continues to spread
throughout the world.
Since 1988, December 1st has been a day of compassion, hope,
solidarity and understanding about AIDS. World AIDS Day provides an
opportunity to open channels of communication, strengthen the exchange
of information and experience, and forge a spirit of social tolerance.
Each year, it is the only international day of coordinated action
In Hawaii, as in many parts of the world, HIV remains a highly
stigmatized condition. Twenty-one years have passed since HIV was
identified, and HIV-related discrimination and prejudice continue in
Hawaii and around the world.
The following are current data that reflect the
HIV/AIDS epidemic in Hawaii:
- It is estimated that there are 2,300 to 3,200 individuals in Hawaii
who are HIV positive
- Since 1983, there have been 2,676 reported cases of AIDS in Hawaii
(to September 30, 2002).
- A total of 162 new AIDS cases were reported during this last year
(October 1st, 2001 to September 30th, 2002). Of
these 162 AIDS cases, 90 percent were among males.
- Thirty-three percent of AIDS cases reported to September
30th, 2002, were are among Asians and Pacific
- Hawaii has a relatively low rate of reported AIDS cases among
injection drug users (seven percent). This is due in part to the
statewide needle exchange program, which has been in operation since
In the United States:
- Approximately 40,000 new infections occur in the U.S. each
- An estimated 900,000 people are living with HIV in the U.S.; an
estimated 250,000 of these individuals are unaware that they are
- Seventy percent of new infections occur among men, although women
are significantly affected.
- There are more people living with AIDS in the U.S. than ever
before. At the end of 2001, an estimated 363,000 people were living
with AIDS, currently the fifth leading cause of death among people 25
¯ 44 in the U.S. These data reflect an increasing need for
continued HIV prevention services, as well as treatment and care.
- 40 million people are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS around
- Twice the number of people killed on 9-11 die every day in Africa
- The probability of death from HIV/AIDS by the age of 15 years is
greater than 50 percent in South Africa.
- By 2010, 20 million women worldwide will be infected with HIV, and
10-15 million children will lose their mother or both parents to
In acknowledgment of World AIDS Day, in memory of those who have
passed away, in recognition of those living with HIV/AIDS, and in
appreciation for the dedicated health care professionals working with
those affected by HIV/AIDS, a calendar of Hawaii World AIDS Day events
follows. Those interested in participating in World AIDS Day are
welcome to attend these events or contact the STD/AIDS Prevention
Branch - Department of Health at (808) 733-9281 for further
First Church of Religious Science, East
East Hawaii’s World AIDS Day Remembrance Service will be held
on Sunday, December 1st at 10 a.m. at the First Church of
Religious Science, Hawaiian Paradise Hui Hanalike, on the corner of
Maku`u and 17th Streets. Reverend Taggart will conduct a
non-denominational service. For more information, call 981-2428 in
Participating Restaurants in Wailuku, Maui
A special fundraising event, "Dining Out For Life", will occur on
World AIDS Day, December 1st, at participating restaurants
in Wailuku during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests are invited to
join these restaurants to help address the need for community support
by donating a portion of their proceeds back to the people of Maui. For
a list of participating restaurants, please call 242-4900, ext.
Queen Ka`ahumanu Mall, Maui
World AIDS Day will also be observed at Ka`ahumanu Mall with special
musical performances by Maui’s own Gail Swanson and a host of
talented entertainers. There will be holiday gift items to purchase and
information on the Maui AIDS Foundation and Honor Thy Children, Inc.
Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Trinity Episcopalian Church By the Sea,
A special observance will be held at 6:00 pm. at Trinity
Episcopalian Church By the Sea, at 100 Kulanihakoi Street in Kihei.
For more information about these Maui events, please call 242-4900,
Information on other neighbor island World AIDS
Day activities is available by calling:
- Maui: Paul Tonnessen, World AIDS Day Event Coordinator at Maui AIDS
Foundation, (808) 242-4900.
- West Hawaii: West Hawaii AIDS Foundation at (808) 331-8177.
- East Hawaii: Big Island AIDS Project at (808) 981-2428.
- Kauai: Malama Pono, the HIV/AIDS service agency on Kaua`I, at (808)
First Christian Church, Honolulu
The First Christian Church will hold a Community Worship Service on
Sunday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m. "A Time for Healing" will
be led by Ke Anuenue O Ke Aloha and will be assisted by local pastors.
The Names Project will display sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and
music will be provided by the Honolulu Men’s Chorus and others.
There is parking at the church at 1516 Kewalo St (´´ block
makai of Wilder) or at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on the corner of
Wilder and Kewalo. For more information call 924-3060.
Kapiolani Community College (KCC), Honolulu
KCC will be commemorating World AIDS Day by holding a candle light
vigil in the KCC cafeteria on Monday, December 2nd, from
6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. There will be a panel of speakers living with HIV,
entertainment by Nakupu and refreshments.
First Unitarian Church, Honolulu
As part of World AIDS Day events, the "Shower of Stoles" Project
will be on display next weekend at First Unitarian Church, 2500 Pali
The project gathered 1,200 liturgical stoles from gay people of
faith across North America ¯ including ministers and lay clergy
¯ who have been barred from serving their faith community because
of their sexual orientation, or who had to choose between being silent
or losing their livelihood.
The opening gathering on Friday, December 29th will
include a 7:00 pm showing of the 30-minute video "So Great a Cloud of
Witnesses: The Story of the Shower of Stoles Project." New stoles will
be added to the collection after the film. For more information,
contact the Rev. Vaughn Beckman, 521-3500.
For more information, on World AIDS Day, please
call the STD/AIDS Prevention Branch of the Hawaii Department of Health
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