A public candlelight vigil will be held in the courtyard lawn of St. Theresa Church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to mark the start of October's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Catholic church is located at 25 Lipoa St. in Kihei. A number of churches, nonprofits and government agencies are involved in the event, which is to remember those lost to domestic violence, reflect on solutions as a community and support survivors, according to a news release and flier from organizer Mahina Martin.
Candles will be provided, she said.
The groups involved in recognizing the month include the Maui County Department of the Prosecuting Attorney's Domestic Violence Unit, Women Helping Women, Parents and Children Together-Maui, Faith Action for Community Equity-Maui and Domestic Violence Task Force, the announcement stated.
The significance of the monthlong campaign and vigil "gives us an opportunity to reflect as a community what we can do to help stop the violence and resolve to support peace in our families," Martin stated.
In addition, Parents and Children Together Maui Regional Director Lucy Feinberg and Women Helping Women Executive Director Stacey Moniz will be guests on the Maui Breakfast Club radio show at 8 a.m. Monday on KNUI AM 900.
The two, along with Martin, will discuss the advocacy work being done in the community to prevent domestic violence as well as the services available to victims.
Listeners can call 856-2836 to ask questions on the air.