In conjunction with the annual United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21, the Pacific Rim Education Foundation (PREF) is organizing an inaugural Kona Peace Day with a list of suggested personal activities and free public events to help “nurture a culture and community of peace in Kona.”
“Like its worldwide counterpart, Kona Peace Day provides one day for people around the world to focus their attention on the idea of peace and to undertake actions in their own lives that promote that ideal,” says Farley Jones, director of PREF. “We hope folks in Kona will not only do their own thing to promote peace, but also come to Kona Peace Day activities and inspire others by sharing their actions.”
The first annual, all-day Kona Peace Day begins at noon HST Sept. 21 with A Minute of Silence, A Moment of Peace. The action is part of a worldwide wave of persons spending one minute of silence at noon in each time zone. Also, Jones says a number of Kona houses of worship will ring their bells at noon.
PREF—a Hawaii-based, non-profit organization that supports education and activities that nurture love, wisdom and peace—suggests that Peace Day participants undertake a small act of Service for Peace for someone in their immediate environment—whether a family member, co-worker or stranger.
Other suggested Peace Day activities include reaching out to someone with whom you have had difficulty in a Reconciliation for Peace. As another activity, participants are encouraged to “listen quietly, openly and empathetically to a friend, partner or spouse.”
“For those who have their own spiritual practice, consider dedicating your practice on this day to the healing and reconciliation envisioned by Peace Day,” adds Jones.
Kona Peace Day free public events include a 5 p.m.Yoga for Peace class led by Marya Mann on the oceanfront lawn at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Participants should bring their own mat or towel.
A Gather for Peace potluck dinner and discussion is 7 p.m. at the Kona Outdoor Circle, 76-6280 Kuakini Highway in Kailua. Bring a dish to share and enjoy a brief Peace Talk by Rev. Virginia Barnes of the Aloha Center for Spiritual Living. RSVP to Betsy, 987-6510.
In addition, peace enthusiasts can participate in the 22nd annual Candlelight Peace Walk 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. It steps off from the lawn at Huggo’s restaurant and proceeds to Kailua Pier.
Peace Day participants are encouraged to share their Peace Day efforts on Facebook at Prefpeace Pacific Rim Education Foundation.
“Peace Day offers the chance to build in Kona a microcosmic culture and community of peace based on small actions by many people,” details Jones. “Consider yourself as one who brings peace. We each have a role to play!”
PREF: The Pacific Rim Education Foundation sponsors educational programs, funds charitable activities and supports practices that nurture love, wisdom and peace within individuals and families, which promote understanding and connectedness among communities, and which foster wise care for the Earth. PREF is funded by the Hawaiian Queen Coffee Company (HQC); the Unification Church, founded by the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon; and by individual donors. For information, visit www.prefpeace.org or email PrefPeace@gmail.com.