“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” launches the annual Peace Day celebration September 21 at 6 p.m. at Honoka‘a People’s Theatre. The movie screening is free (donations appreciated) and cosplayers are encouraged to enter the costume contest for a chance to win prizes.
The Peace Committee, producers of the annual Peace Day events, chose the most recent installment of the “Star Wars” saga because of its connections with Buddhistic themes such as mindfulness meditation, and the Force’s similarity to the Dharma. Educator Kiyoshi Najita will discuss the concept during his introduction to the film September 21.
Peace-themed events continue through the month, including youth activities, a Blue Zones ‘Power 9’ event, books and art projects, the 10th Annual Peace Day Parade and Festival, and a complete Day of Mindfulness workshop on October 1.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
PEACE POSTER CONTEST
All students are encouraged to express themselves with posters on this year’s theme: “Peace = Future.” Cash prizes will be awarded in numerous categories, and the contest is open to public, private and homeschool students Pre K to 12. Entry forms and details at www.peacedayparade.org. Deadline to enter is Friday, September 16.
PEACE MOVIE NIGHT
Peace Day, Wednesday, September 21, 6 p.m. A free screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Honoka‘a Peoples Theatre. In celebration of Peace Day in Hawai‘i, and launch of “Peace Week,” the next epic chapter of the Star Wars saga shares unique messages of Mindfulness and Buddhistic themes threaded throughout. Presentation by educator, costume contest and more. Free (donations appreciated).
WINE AT 5
Friday, September 22, 5 p.m. at Cafe Il Mondo. A Blue Zones presentation and sampling of Cannonau DI Sardegna wine from Sardinia, Italy. This wine has the highest level of antiozidants of any wine in the world. The Blue Zones Project tells us that spending time with our friends can have a big impact on our health and happiness. Even if it’s just an hour, it’s important to set aside time to slow down and connect with friends and loved ones over a glass of wine (or beverage of your choice). Free.
PEACE DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 24, the 10th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace steps off at 4 p.m. Mamane Street will be closed for this colorful and entertaining celebration, with Taiko drumming, hula, and all kinds of music. The Peace Day Festival follows immediately, with food booths, great music, Bon Dance and Silent Auction and more. A very special Ho‘oponopono-centered activity for young people will be presented by West Hawaii Mediation and the Hamakua Youth Center.
READ FOR PEACE
Monday, September 26, 5-6 p.m., “Read for Peace” in the Honoka‘a Library, presented by Friends of the Libraries. Free. This year’s book selection is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The instant New York Times bestseller tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Free.
CHALK THE WALK
Thursday, September 29, 3:30-5:30 p.m., “Chalk the Walk” at Honoka‘a Library. Young artists are encouraged to come and express themselves on the sidewalks. A free activity for youth presented by the Friends of Honoka’a Library; all materials provided. Free.
A DAY OF MINDFULNESS
Saturday, October 1, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., A Day of Mindfulness with Dr. Gregory Pai, meditation teacher, Broken Ridge Korean Temple, Oahu. Located in the Social Hall, Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Experience guided sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma discussion with Q&A and a mindful, silent meal. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 808-775-1064. The Day of Mindfulness is free, and donations, or Dana, as offerings of generosity and gratitude for the teachings, will be gratefully accepted.
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