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I Am a Rainbow



Hawaiʻi Health & Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC) co-hosted hosted the “I am a Rainbow” event on Saturday, June 25, at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum. The event was a partnership between HHHRC, The Hawaiʻi LGBT Legacy Foundation, Spill the Tea Café, and the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum. The event was a celebration of diversity and acceptance and featured readings from the book “I am a Rainbow” by Mark Kanemura, a local queer author and professional dancer.


The event was free, open to the public, and attracted a diverse crowd of families, children, and adults. It was also the premier of HHHRC’s new initiative, Drag Queen Story Hour Hawaiʻi. The readings from “I am a Rainbow” were followed by a dance party with Kanemura and drag performances by Marina Del Rey and the cast of Generation Next.


The event was a huge success, and HHHRC was happy to help organize the day. “We were so happy to see so many people come out to celebrate diversity and acceptance,” said HHHRC Executive Director Heather Lusk. “This event was a great way to show our community that we are all welcome here.”


In addition to the readings and performances, the event featured an opening cultural protocol by Pūnana Leo o Mānoa Hawaiian Medium Education Preschool and various cultural activities, arts and crafts, spoken word performances, and music by DJ Dez Aiko.


The “I am a Rainbow” event was a great way to celebrate diversity and acceptance in Hawaiʻi. It was a day filled with fun, laughter, and learning, and it was a reminder that we are all part of the rainbow.

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