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In 2018, B.R.A.V.E. Hawaiʻi programs will also focus on underage alcohol abuse prevention in partnership with the Hawaiʻi County Department of Liquor Control. We will also be running the Miss Hawaiʻi United States Pageant with the principles of B.R.A.V.E. Hawaiʻi as the platform. 

Schools participating in 2018 I’m BRAVE HAWAII ISLAND Alcohol Prevention Program 


Honokaa High & Intermediate School 

Kau High and Pahala Elementary School 

Pahoa Middle School 

Kohala Middle School

Hilo Intermediate School 

Paauilo Elementary & Intermediate



During this 30-minute session, Augie and Ray Johnston will share stories, through own personal experience. Motivating students to not drink until they of age. The program ends with students getting B.R.A.V.E HAWAII ID cards after taking a pledge and hand-outs of information on the affects of drinking. Throughout the school year students will be able to participate in a poster and video contest.


  • I’m BRAVE because I said NO to Alcohol poster contest - Student will WIN cash prize + poster will be used for social media ad campaign 

  • I’m BRAVE because I said NO to Alcohol Video contest - Team will win cash prize and pizza party and video used in social media ad campaign 





Ray Johnston

Ray Johnston is renown life coach, entrepreneur and motivational speaker who is best known for his uncanny ability to guide clients to self-realization, healing and enlightenment in areas of mind, body and emotions. It was through the overcoming of major hardships experienced in his own life, that he discovered that most addictions , compulusions and even chronic diseases stem from past traumas left unhealed. 

His gift inidentifying and releasing the core root cause of one’s problems with seemingly “miraculous” results

have led him to the creation of the seminar series called RAYG standing for “Re-awaken your greatness” 

It’s based on this one fundamental truth we were all born great. His message has caused an uproar of inspired people seeking change.


According to studies done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 13,000 adolescents (just over 13%) in Hawaii use illicit drugs, with 10,000 (about 10%) using marijuana and 6,000 (6%) using some other illicit drug.

About 14% of adolescent males and 19% of adolescent females drink alcohol, with 10% of males and 12% of females engaging in binge drinking.

Surprisingly, many more adolescent females than males are dependent on alcohol (4.6% versus 1.6%) and are also dependent on or abuse illicit drugs (7.7% versus 4.4%).

Like the rest of the U.S., marijuana is the main illicit drug used by Hawaiian adolescents, but prescription pain relievers are also abused there, with 2,000 males and 3,000 females using pain relievers non-medically in the 12 months prior to being interviewed for studies.

Data from the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), an annual 1-day census of clients in treatment, found that adolescent males accounted for 55% (3,673) of the 6,734 adolescent substance abuse admissions in Hawaii on the day the study was performed.

Of the total male admissions, 22% were drugs only, 67% were alcohol and drugs, and 10% were alcohol only.

Of the adolescent female admissions, 17 % were drugs only, 68.9 % were alcohol and drugs, and 12.5 % were alcohol only.


Among adolescent admissions, marijuana and alcohol were the most prevalent substances abused.


Of the total male admissions, 77% (2,827) reported alcohol use and 87% (3,178) reported marijuana use.

Of the total female admissions, 81% (2,493) reported alcohol use and 81% (2,465) reported marijuana use.


Even more alarming, 8% of male admissions (308) and 14% (436) of female admissions reported methamphetamine use. Similarly, 5% of males (168) and 6% (169) of females reported cocaine use.

Here are some facts about underage drinking in the United States:

  • 35% of 15-year-olds have consumed alcohol in their lifetime

  • 10% of 8th graders drank some amount of alcohol in the past 30 days

  • 35% of high school students drank some amount of alcohol in the past 30 days

  • 68% of 12th graders have tried alcohol at least once

  • 8.7 million people aged 12–20 consumed alcohol in the past month

  • People aged 12–20 drink 11% of all alcohol consumed

  • 52% of 10th graders believe it’s easy to obtain alcohol

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