Make eye contact with a driver or pedestrian and say mahalo before crossing the street.

That’s the message that AARP Hawai‘i, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, Walk Wise Hawaii and other senior organizations and facilities will be sharing during a pedestrian safety sign waving event on May 2 at locations across Honolulu.

“Pedestrians and drivers must be aware of each other when approaching intersections and crossing the street,” said Suzanne Chun Oakland, program coordinator at the Lanakila Senior Center operated by Catholic Charities Hawai‘i. “In Hawai‘i, we say thank you a lot. So it should be a normal occurrence for pedestrians to look at drivers and wave or say mahalo before crossing the street and for drivers to acknowledge pedestrians. If everybody did that, we would save lives.”

“Hawai‘i has the nation’s highest per-capita death rate for pedestrians 65 and older. We have to change that,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, AARP Hawai‘i state director. “Pedestrians and drivers have to look out for each other.”

Kupuna and supporters will be sign waving for pedestrian safety near senior centers and schools from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on May 2. The locations are:

Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center and Lanakila Elementary School at  School and Lanakila streets, Lanakila and North Kuakini streets, North Kuakini and Alaneo streets, School and Palama streets.

Waikiki Community Center, Jefferson Elementary School and Waikiki Elementary School at Kuhio and Paokalani avenues, Ala Wai Boulevard and Paokalani Avenue, and Kapahulu Avenue and Ala Wai Boulevard and Monsarrat and Leahi avenues.

Na Kupuna Makamae Senior Center, 653 Ala Moana Boulevard.
Moiliili Community Center, 2535 South King Street.

KinauVista and Wisteria Vista at Piikoi and Kinau streets and Piikoi and South King streets.