The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program celebrated 30 years in Hawaii with a family-friendly event at Pearlridge Center Saturday.
Attendees checked out a display of police vehicles, met some of the officers, and got a new or updated keiki identification card.
Starting back in the 1985-86 school year, The goal of D.A.R.E. is to teach Hawaii’s keiki to make safe and responsible decisions to resist alcohol, drugs, tobacco, violence, and other risky situations to lead a safe and healthy life.
“We started with just four schools,” instructor/mentor police corporal Mark Moncrease said. “Now, we’re spread throughout the entire island.
“We go in there before kids make or get involved in different decisions. We want to help improve their decision making. We want them to be able to confront adults who are trying to bully them or trying to entice them to use drugs. … We come in as a prevention method to teach kids to make healthy and positive right choices.
“We know it is making a positive impact on our community,” Moncrease said.