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Kona Peace Day Friday – Honoka’a Peace Day Saturday

Kona Peace Day debuts with suggested personal activities and free public events in conjunction with the annual United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21.

The non-profit Pacific Rim Education Foundation (PREF) is organizing the inaugural event.

Kona Peace Day begins at noon HST 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. A number of Kona houses of worship are invited to ring their bells at noon.

PREF suggest participants perform a small act of Service for Peace by reaching out to someone in your immediate environment and contacting someone with whom you’ve had a difficulty in a Reconciliation for Peace. Also, consider dedicating you spiritual practice to peace.

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.

Honoka’a’s Peace Day Festival and Parade will be the following day.  More information here: Honoka’a Peace Day Festival


Video: Warrior Walk – First Hawaii Warrior Walk Before Lamar Game

The University of Hawaii beat Lamar 54-2 this past weekend in what was Norm Chow’s first home game of the season.  What many folks don’t know is that he has brought a new tradition to the home games called the “Warrior Walk” where the coaches and players get off the bus and walk through supporters of the team to get to the stadium.

University of Hawaii Head Coach Norm Chow gets off the bus and leads his team to the stadium.

Starting the tradition with the first ever Hawaii Warrior Walk prior to the 9/15/12 game against Lamar.


Video by VH07V and World Wide Ed

“Hollywood Comes to Hilo” Draws in Big Island Film Lovers

Yesterday at the Hilo Palace Theater more then 100 folks turned out to participate in a seminar involving some of Hollywood’s most prolific cinematographers.

The Big Island Film Office and the folks at the Hilo Palace Theater were the sponsors of the event although much of the event seemed to be promoting Canon’s new film making cameras that they are developing.

Cinematographer Ron Garcia was the first to speak and talked about his experiences in Hollywood and most recently with the Hawaii 5-0 series.  One of things he emphasized was that cinematographers need to take chances.

John Mason, Bob Primes, Wally Pfister, Ron Garcia and Cannon Representatives.

Wally Pfister then spoke about his career and how he got into film making and working on movies such as the Batman series.  He also spoke briefly about the loss of Heath Ledger and how that has effected him personally when watching other things that he think Heath could have played the part.

Bob Primes talked about a test that he and others developed to test out 12 of the cameras that were the “Best in the Field” back in 2010 and then showed the results of the test.

A friend that attended said “the Masters Class was a behind the scenes look into the minds and working of the cinematographers, their trials and their creative spirit…I would have liked more tips and tricks, and less accolades of I did this and that…which is great! but you see what I mean right? most of us guys were hoping for more education on a basic level (BUT from the point of view of the masters).

Denyse Woo said “It was a great experience. I got to hang out with these AMAZING and Talented Men, what an honor!”

An old projector in the Hilo Palace Theater lobby.

At the end of the seminar, tickets to the Hilo Palace Theater were given away via lucky numbers as well as a pass to the 8th Annual Big Island Film Festival, a signed Hawaii 5-0 Poster and an original script from Hawaii 5-0 signed by the stars of the show.

Ron Garcia, Ula Anderson and John Mason.  Una won the Hawaii 5-0 script

Don’t forget that the Big Island Film Festival is coming up in May and they are currently accepting submissions for films.