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Aloha House graduates 131 of its participants

Fernandez

Recent graduates from Aloha House residential substance abuse treatment program participated in a graduation ceremony Sept. 12 at Paia Community Center.

Graduates’ friends and family members joined the festivities to honor their loved ones’ accomplishments as graduates celebrated their successful completion of the substance abuse program.

The ceremony recognized the 131 participants who completed the program between Dec. 10, 2018, and July 10, 2019.

Retired 2nd Circuit Court Chief Judge Joseph Cardoza served as keynote speaker. He left the graduates with two words to remember to ensure their success: “Practice and hope. Practice the things they taught you, and never give up hope,” he said.

Maui Fernandez, a 1999 graduate of the program, also addressed the group, strongly encouraging them in their continued efforts to remain sober. “Remember the steps they talk about in treatment. I still do those steps today to stay sober. And if I can do it, you can do it.”

The event followed the Sept. 6 proclamation by Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino that September is Recovery Month throughout the County of Maui, in alignment with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration efforts to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders, and celebrate the people who recover.

Aloha House promotes recovery and healthy lifestyles to individuals and families by providing compassionate, effective and comprehensive behavioral health services with the spirit of excellence and aloha. It provides programs for more than 5,000 adults in the Maui community each year. Learn more at www.mbhr.org.