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The Honolulu Advertiser
Updated at 3:35 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2009

Pinwheels on state Capitol lawn call attention to child abuse and neglect

Photo gallery: Pinwheels for prevention of child abuse

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Two-year-old Kandace Scholly-Bromwell of Punchbowl played today among the 5,000 pinwheels planted on the state Capitol lawn. There was a serious reason for the pinwheels, though. They were placed by volunters for Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii and the Child Abuse Prevention Planning Council to draw attention to child abuse and neglect. The pinwheels will be there until Sunday.

DEBORAH BOOKER | Honolulu Advertiser

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More than 5,000 metallic pinwheels were planted on the lawn of the state Capitol this morning to call attention to child abuse.

The Pinwheels for Prevention Project is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii and the Child Abuse Prevention Planning Council.

The event is part of a monthlong series of events funded by the state Department of Health to observe Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The 5,000 pinwheels represent the number of calls received each year by The Parent Line, a confidential statewide hot line that offers support and information to parents, caregivers and professionals.

On Oahu, The Parent Line is 526-1222. Neighbor Island callers can phone 1-800-816-1222.

Dozens of volunteers from the Lions Club, children from area preschools and other concerned citizens helped to plant the pinwheels.

For more information about the Pinwheels for Prevention program or about child abuse prevention programs and activities throughout the year, call Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii at 951-0200 or go to preventchildabusehawaii.org.