The Hawai'i State Department of Education celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday. 

 All students and staff members were encouraged to wear orange to stand in solidarity in support of safe and inclusive schools and communities.

This year's theme is, "Together with Aloha, United for Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion."

All schools received a Unity Day banner to display on campus and orange wristbands for all students with "Unite for Kindness, Acceptance and Aloha" inscribed on it.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day is its signature event, both founded by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.

The Center actively takes a stand to prevent childhood bullying and provides resources for students, parents, educators and community members.

Bullying prevention starts with early intervention.

Research has shown that having a school-wide Social Emotional Learning program in place and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports builds a positive school climate, where everyone feels accepted and valued.