Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Shares Message of Peace with Hawai’i Leaders

Nobel Peace laureate tours Bishop Museum and exchanges ideas with local leaders on the many forms of peace.

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Nobel Peace laureate tours Aung San Suu Kyi tours the Bishop Museum – All Photos Courtesy of Pillars of Peace

Peace leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s first day of events in Hawai’i began today with a visit to the Bishop Museum hosted by Pillars of Peace Hawai’i. The tour of Bishop Museum provided an opportunity for Aung San Suu Kyi to gain a deeper understanding of Hawai’i’s rich culture and history and how these elements have shaped Hawai’i today. Upon her departure, Bishop Museum staff presented her with a special gift — a manele a’e (Hawaiian soapberry) seed lei made by local artist Marques Hanalei Marzan from a tree on the grounds of Bishop Museum.

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Aung San Suu Kyi also attended a private luncheon at the East-West Center with local leaders. Immediately following the lunch, she participated in a business roundtable discussion, which brought together leaders in Hawai’i’s political and business spheres as they shared ideas on the rule of law, responsible tourism development and government issues. The purpose of the roundtable discussion was to spark dialogue on the roles of compassion, diversity and culture in practicing peace.

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“Having Aung San Suu Kyi participate in a cultural exchange provides all of us with an opportunity to continue to learn from other leaders and places around the world,” said Kelvin Taketa of the Hawai’i Community Foundation. “I was truly honored and humbled to hear her speak and learn from her leadership and unwavering commitment to peace.”

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Pillars of Peace Hawai’i is co-hosting Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit as part of the ongoing Hawai’i Community Foundation initiative, “Pillars of Peace Hawai’i: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha,” which launched in April 2012. Other organizations co-hosting Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit include Rotary International, East-West Center and the Myanmar Association of Hawai’i.

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The public is invited to tune in to a live stream of Aung San Suu Kyi’s student talk starting tomorrow at 10:25 a.m. HST on the Pillars of Peace website at www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org. The talk will also be available for playback after the event.

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit is part of the ongoing Hawai’i Community Foundation initiative, “Pillars of Peace Hawai’i: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha,” which launched in April 2012 with the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. One of the program’s goals is to bring global peace leaders to Hawai’i to exchange ideas about the many forms of peace that exist here in the islands and around the world. Through these visits, the program hopes to spark dialogue about the roles of compassion, diversity and culture as key components for practicing peace.

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In addition to hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Pillars of Peace Hawai’i has sponsored peace leaders Archbishop Desmond Tutu and John Hunter, founder of the World Peace Game for students. Pillars of Peace Hawai’i is a program funded primarily by the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation, a $50 million charitable fund established in 2009 by Hawai’i residents Pierre and Pam Omidyar.

For more information about Pillars of Peace Hawai’i, please visit www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org. For up-to-date information on Aung San Suu Kyi’s January visit, follow Pillars of Peace Hawai’i on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pillarsofpeace and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PillarsofPeace.

Wordless Wednesday – Mocha Girls in Hawaii

The ever popular girl group the Mocha Girls will be at Hawaiian Brians Showroom in Honolulu on Friday:

The hottest and most talented girl group in the music biz today in spite of the tough race for recognition.. With so many groups similar to MOCHA GIRLS coming out nowadays, their 2009 BEST DANCE ALBUM AWARD from PMPC Star Awards for Music have proven that they are the best sing and dance group today.

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They can certainly turn everybody in the party mood once they hit the center stage. Their repertoire is a mix of everything from current hits and the best of new wave down to the memorable music of the 70’s.

The Mocha Girls

The group consists of 5 Girls namely Mae, Franz, Chloe, Yumi and their lead Singer MOCHA. They perform with a live band called ICE.

Chicago in Hawaii!

Grammy Award winners Chicago will perform in Hawaii as part of their 2012-2013 world tour, with shows at the Blaisdell Arena on Friday, January 11th, Kona’s Waikoloa Bowl on Saturday, January 12th, and at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater on Tuesday, January 15th.  All shows start at 7:30pm.

Chicago, one of America’s most dynamic, high-energy bands, has had an amazing 25 Top Forty singles and 5 consecutive #1 albums; they are among Billboard’s Top 100 artists of all time at #13.  With 33 albums to their credit, Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums across five decades, with 25 of them certified platinum.  Worldwide, their music has sold more than 100 million records.

Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, November 16th at:

BLAISDELL ARENA

Reserved tickets are priced at $75, $55 and $45.  On sale at 9am at Blaisdell Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart.  Charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, or order online at www.ticketmaster.com.

WAIKOLOA BOWL

General Admission tickets are priced at $65 and $49.  On sale at 9am at CD Wizard in Hilo, Parker Ranch Store in Waimea, KBXtreme in Kona and Persimmon at Queens’ MarketPlace, or Ticketmaster outlets at Walmart in Hilo and Kona.  A limited number of reserved section $95 tickets are available online only at ticketmaster.com or waikoloanights.com.

MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER

Reserved tickets are priced at $75, $55 and $45, with a limited number of premiere seats at $125.  On sale to MACC Members at 10am at the MACC Box Office, online at mauiarts.org, or by phone at (808) 242-7469.  General public sales begin Saturday, November 24rd.