Women's March 2019

Photos and Captions Courtesy of Staff Photographer Leah Wyzykowski

Group of people walking, as seen from the sidePeople of all ages and backgrounds came out to celebrate the 2019 Women’s March in Downtown Hilo

Backs of several peoples heads, from within the paradeThe march’s route was approximately 1.3 miles and began at the Hilo State Building, turned right down Pauahi Street then turned left to Kamehameha Avenue, then right onto Ponahawai Street, right on Kilauea Avenue then straight back to the State Building.

Celeste Sweezey, Arlene Buklarewicz, and Dianna Greetan stand next to a sign about empowerment(From left to right) Celeste Sweezey, Arlene Buklarewicz, Hercules and Dianna Greetan pose with their march sign.

(L-R) Christi Jean Donnelly, Tiffany Tang, Judy Tang, and Emily Lethlean, wearing pink hats to support women's rightsMany participants of the march sported these pink hats to show support and empowerment for women including, (from left to right) Christi Jean Donnelly, Tiffany Tang, Judy Tang, and Emily Lethlean.

A small girl wears a political shirt for the parade, while a guardian hovers around hereLGBTQ rights were another major focus of the Women’s March as seen here with Lea-Carol Glennon (right) and Evelyn DeCourt (left).

Old women marching, protesting TrumpWhile the main topics of the march were women’s and LGBTQ rights, the march also hosted many people supporting other causes.

Travis Rogers, pictured here, was another avid supporter of LGBTQ rights; easy to spot in the crowd while waving a bright rainbow flag, Travis also marched for disability rights.

Ayza Martinez holding a sign that says 'keep families together'Azya Martinez, pictured here, marched to bring attention to family separation at the Mexican border.

Dog wearing signMany dogs joined the march with their owners, including Pua (pictured here).

A red truck with participants waving shakasThroughout the whole march, waves and shakas were exchanged between marchers and drivers, showing support of gender equality on the island.