A recent poll by QMark commissioned by Equality Hawaii Foundation found that bullying among school-aged children continues to be a significant issue in Hawaii.
The poll revealed that 37 percent of those surveyed reported being a victim of bullying, 44 percent said their child or the child of friends/family had been victimized by bullying and 92 percent of the surveyed voters believed bullying was an important issue for Hawaii to address.
The Equality Hawaii family of organizations has named veteran communications professional and civil rights/social justice activist Todd Simmons as its new executive director.
Simmons succeeds Donald Bentz, who helped launch Equality Hawaii in 2007, serving on the board since its inception and as its first executive director since 2010 as the fledgling organization grew. During his tenure, Bentz helped lead the efforts to pass civil unions and marriage equality, the latter despite having to relocate to the mainland to assist with family matters and health issues.