Hawaiʻi Statewide Out of the Darkness Experience

Join us on October 24, 2020


Welcome to the Hawaiʻi Statewide Out of the Darkness Experience


This fall, communities across the state of Hawai'i came Together to Fight Suicide for an Out of the Darkness Experience. Our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate our communities, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience. We use our voices and share our stories to provide hope.

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Event Details

Date: 10/24/2020
Time: 9:00am

The Hawai'i Statewide Out of the Darkness Experience Video premiered on October 24th, 2020 and can be viewed above. To keep people safe, we have transitioned our usual in-person event to one that can be Experienced in many ways.  Instead of a walking as a large group, this year you can honor a loved one and show support for suicide prevention and research by selecting an activity of your choice that promotes wellness, such as walking, surfing, painting, meditation, yoga, etc. As you complete your activity, capture it through a picture or video and tag @afsphawaii in any posts on social media.


For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Pua Kaninau-Santos / Elizabeth A. Warren
Contact Phone: 808-466-7904 / 808-765-0074
Contact Email: pkshawaii@gmail.com / afsphinews@gmail.com

Big Island
Contact Name: Jo Anne Balberde-Kamalii 
Contact Phone: 808-895-8271
Contact Email: tiahonu@gmail.com

Contact Name: Patricia Wistinghausen
Contact Phone: 808-346-7492 
Contact Email: patricia@patriciawistinghausen.com

Contact Name: Danielle Bergan
Contact Phone: 808-242-6461
Contact Email: Danielle.bergan@mentalhealthhawaii.org

 Donations are accepted until December 31st.

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness 

  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. 

  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!

Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in the participant hub.


There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story!



Raise $150 by 10/24/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!


Activities of Hope and Healing

Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection. There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.


The Out of the Darkness Experience is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.


Thank you for your support!