HONOLULU - Police and community members have been waving signs in neighborhoods Monday morning, as part of an island wide push to raise awareness about pedestrian safety after nine people have been hit and killed on Oahu so far this year.

HPD's Community Policing Team and Walk Wise Hawaii organized sign-waving events at eight locations across Oahu where pedestrians have died. 

Police and Mayor Kirk Caldwell were waving signs at the busy intersection of Ala Moana and Piikoi. 

HPD can't pinpoint the reason for the increase in fatalities but their message to drivers and pedestrians is to pay attention and be more aware.

"If you compare to the same time last year, January 1st to July 1st of last year, we only had one pedestrian fatality on the island. So there's been a significant uptick this year compared to last year... We want pedestrians to make eye-contact with drivers when vehicles are approaching and make sure the pedestrians and the drivers are aware of each other so we can all get across the street safely," Lt. Ben Moszkowicz, Honolulu Police Department said. 

If you're walking or running when it's dark out: wear bright, reflective clothing so you're visible. 

The Hawaii Department of Transportation says the state averages about 100 traffic fatalities each year.