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11th Annual Peace Day Parade & Festival Schedule

On September 23, 2017, the 11th annual Peace Day Parade & Festival in Honoka‘a town joins millions of people across the planet, to honor the values of peace, compassion and global interdependence.

Photo by Evan Bordessa

This year’s theme, “Together for Peace,” echoes the United Nations’ theme for Peace Day, “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” On September 23, 2017, the 11th annual Peace Day Parade & Festival in Honoka‘a town joins millions of people across the planet, to honor the values of peace, compassion and global interdependence.

Expressing serious messaging in creative, colorful, and ultimately positive ways, these events use music, dance, drumming, acrobatics and more to bring community together. The Peace Day Parade steps off down Mamane Street at 11 a.m., and the Peace Festival starts immediately afterward, with live entertainment, a large community Bon Dance, food booths and keiki activities.
The adoption of the UN’s theme—intended to focus on refugees around the world—gives Honoka‘a and Hawai‘i Island the opportunity to stand with other global communities supporting peace locally. In light of recent events that further divide a troubled world, it also takes on new relevance.

“In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement. “We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as ‘the other.’ Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people, and societies, from achieving their full potential… Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”

Related Peace Day events take place throughout the month, September 14-30 (see schedule below). For more information and updates, please follow Peace Day Parade on Facebook, visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

STUDENT PEACE POSTER CONTEST

This year’s theme, “Together for Peace,” echoes the United Nations’ theme for Peace Day this year. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in various categories. Open to all ages, all grades, all school students and homeschoolers. Details and entry forms are available at www.peacedayparade.org. Or contact Alicia Glover at 808-724-3373, heavenonearthgirl@gmail.com. Free.

READ FOR PEACE

Thursday, September 14, 5-6 p.m., “Read for Peace” in the Honoka‘a Library, presented by Friends of the Libraries. All are invited for an engaging conversation about the book “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival” by John Vaillant, an international bestseller that has been translated into 15 languages. Film rights have been optioned by Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company.

Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Over millennia of shared history, the indigenous inhabitants had worked out a tenuous peace with the Amur, a formidable hunter that can grow to over 500 pounds and up to nine feet long, but the arrival of European settlers, followed by decades of Soviet disregard for the wilds, disrupted that balance… {the book} leads readers into the lair of the tiger and into the heart of the Kremlin to explain how the Amur went from being worshipped to being poached.”

Additional books in the project are “The Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and “The Wise Heart” by Jack Kornfield. Kornfield was teacher of Mary Grace Orr, who will lead the September 30 Day of Mindfulness. Readers are welcome to bring their favorite books that further the discussion of attaining peace.

199,000 CRANES

The Peace Committee has reached its goal of gathering a “flock” of 199,000 origami cranes, one representing each victim of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They are now working on a unique three-dimensional interactive exhibition of the cranes, to share with the public as part of the Peace Day events. Still in the planning stages with a community of artists and creatives, the ultimate goal is to take the exhibit to Hiroshima as a gift. Extra hands are welcome to string the cranes in groups of 50: at the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua on First Friday, at Hāmākua Harvest, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and September 22, 7-9 p.m. at Sea Dandelion Cafe ($10 dinner special).

CHALK THE WALK

Thursday, September 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Honoka‘a public 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.

WINE AT 5

Friday, September 22, 5 p.m. at Cafe Il Mondo. The Blue Zones’ concept of “Wine at 5” suggests that people live longer when they take time out of their schedule to de-stress and enjoy socializing with friends in the community with good food and a relaxing drink. Cafe Il Mondo supports this concept with a special edition of their daily “Wine @ $5,” offering three select wines for $5 each, from 5-6 p.m., plus free samplings of wines from Blue Zones regions of the world, while they last. Entertainment will include the New Dharma Band as well as local favorites Sergio Ramirez and Robin Jensen.

PEACE DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 23, the 11th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace steps off at 11 a.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, a variety of music, Bon Dance, Silent Auction and more.

CommUNITY Dance Party – Dancing Together for Peace

Saturday, September 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua.  A commUNITY gathering to embrace music and dancing as the perfect way to reduce stress and increase energetic vibrations of positivity into our lives. DJ RajaSick will be sharing a huge selection of tracks, including dance classics and musical vibes from all over the world. (Requests can be sent in advance to DJRajaSick@gmail.com). Admission is $5 (cash only) and keiki are free. Fresh Hawaiian ‘awa & Big Island Booch will be available for sale at $4. This is a family friendly event produced by Sea Dandelion Cafe. Plant-based vegetarian potluck dishes are welcome.

A DAY OF MINDFULNESS

Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.), located in the Social Hall, Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Participants will experience guided sitting and walking meditation with Mary Grace Orr, a Dharma discussion with Q&A and a mindful, silent meal. Please RSVP to honokaamindfulness@gmail.com, 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. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch and a cushion. Chairs and additional meditation cushions will be available. For more information and updates, please follow Peace Day Parade on Facebook, visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org.

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Honoka’a

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Honoka’a area of the Big Island around 1:19 AM this morning:

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Peace Day Parade & Festival Wrap Up

The peaceful town of Honoka‘a was filled with people celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace on Saturday, September 21, during its 7th annual Peace Day Parade & Festival, “Peace in the Streets,” and other related events. Thousands of people gathered to enjoy the colorful “moving stage” of music, floats and entertainment with a message–as taiko drummers, bon dancers, cirque performers, rock and roll and kachikachi bands, hula hālau and more, joined together in the spirit of peace.

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Kohala and Waimea. Photo by Sara Anderson

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Kohala and Waimea. Photo by Sarah Anderson Photography

A Peace Day Festival following the Parade featured food booths and entertainment, begun with a ceremonial chant and bell-ringing by Rev. Kosho Yagi of Honoka‘a Hongwanji .  Music and entertainment was provided as a gift to the community by the Honoka‘a High School Jazz Band, Magician Bruce Meyers, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, the Big Rock band, the Hiccup Circus and others,  and a large community Bon Dance that filled the field of the County Sports Complex.

Gerald DeMello of University of Hawai‘i read a proclamation from Governor Neil Abercrombie, in which he pledged continued support of “initiatives that inspire and further the advancement of peace throughout the State of Hawai‘i and the world.”

Gerald De Mello reads a proclamation from Gov. Abercrombie. Sarah Anderson Photography

Gerald De Mello reads a proclamation from Gov. Abercrombie. Sarah Anderson Photography

The proclamation also quoted the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King: “One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.”

Sasaki family honored

Special guests for the Parade & Festival were members of the Sasaki family from Japan, whose sister and aunt Sadako Sasaki inspired the book “Sadako and the Thousand Cranes.”

The Sasaki 'ohana in Honoka'a. Sarah Anderson Photography

The Sasaki ‘ohana in Honoka’a. Sarah Anderson Photography

Sadako was only a child when the bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Although she survived the blast, she later succumbed to radiation-caused leukemia, but not before working to reach her goal of 1,000 origami paper cranes, each enfolded with a wish for peace and healing.   Nephew Yuji Sasaki, a popular singer in Japan, performed his song “Inori” in her honor at the Festival.

One of Sadako's cranes will be part of a permanent exhibit at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center. Others reside in New York at the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center at Ground Zero, and in Vienna at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution.  Sarah Anderson Photography

One of Sadako’s cranes will be part of a permanent exhibit at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center. Others reside in New York at the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center at Ground Zero, and in Vienna at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Sarah Anderson Photography

Earlier on Saturday, the Sasaki’s donated one of Sadako’s original cranes to the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center for a permanent exhibit.  Two others have been given, to the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center at Ground Zero in New York, and to the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Vienna.

“199,000 Cranes” project

The Peace Committee has taken on a year-long project to gather origami cranes and send as a “flock” to the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Museum in Sadako’s honor.

Peace Day Cranes

Peace Day Cranes

Featured on KITV news, the “199,000 Cranes” project aims to reach their goal by Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2014. To contribute cranes, please contact by email, info@peacedayparade.org.

Run for Peace

Saturday’s events also included the third annual 5K “Run for Peace,” directed by Sue DeLaCruz of Hamakua Health Center.  All runners received a logo participation medal and awards were presented to finishers as follows:

  • Overall Male and 16-18 Division winner: Tony Connors, 19:05
  • Overall Female and 16-18 Division winner: Hildhang Adona, 24:58

Age Division Winners:

  • 0-9 Male: Kyle Ignacio, 37:17
  • 10-15 Male: Chaystin Peters, 25:12
  • 19-29 Female: Amber Green-Weiss, 32:43
  • 30-39 Female: Nani Maloof, 30:19
  • 40-49 Male: Thomas Martin, 36:12
  • 40-49 Female: Kendra Ignacio, 37:19
  • 50 and up Male: Patrick Donovan, 31:40
  • Masters Male: Don Choquette, 39:15

Cash Prize Division:

  • Male: Seanry Agbayani, 20:38
  • Female: Nani Maloof, 30:19

Peace Poster Contest

Also during Festival, winners of the annual student Peace Poster Contest were announced. Led by artist Jay West, poster entries were reviewed for focus on the theme, “Prepare for Peace,” purpose, layout and design, drawings, mechanics, creativity and neatness.

Posters displayed in Honoka'a. Sarah Anderson Photography

Posters displayed in Honoka’a. Sarah Anderson Photography

Winners are:

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  • 1st. Miami Minahan, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 2nd, Reina Moriguchi, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 2nd (tie),  Ocean Yagi, Honokaa Elementary School
  • 3rd (3-way tie), Samantha Allen, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 3rd, Kira Kumitake, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 3rd, Kaitlin Mercado, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu

Grades 4-6

  • 1st, Lyla Gonsalves, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 2nd, Brooke Peralta, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 3rd, Leah Delos Sants, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu

Grades 7-9

  • 1st, Mae Lee Solomon, Honokaa Intermediate School
  • 2nd, Terri Conner Honokaa Intermediate School
  • 3rd, Quinlan Mata Bishop, Waiakea High School

Grades 10-12

  • 1st, Joanne Bell, Honokaa High School
  • 2nd, Zoey Chang, Waiakea High School
  • 3rd, Tyana Yamamoto, Honokaa High School

Sponsor prize, presented by Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast: 

  • Brandee Samio, HHS
  • Megan Kauni, HHS

“Peace in the Streets”

From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Honoka‘a Business Association teamed up with the Peace Committee to produce the first-ever “Peace in the Streets” activity.

The Zoo Choo

The Zoo Choo

Musicians performed on four different mini-stages up and down Mamane Street; keiki enjoyed the inflatable Jump & Slide and Zoo Choo train rides and everyone had a chance to visit 21 participating businesses in town to win Scavenger Hunt prizes.

Winners were:  Oarlene Wingate -$100 cash prize, Clinton Branco, Alicia Togi-Branco, Stacey Emerson, Mitchell Echavez, Branalyn Juan, Kaylene Torres, Moses Decoite, Megan King, Karen Yagi, Gary Tomes Jr., Barbara J. Moran, Annie Pacana, Lee Watanabe, Debbie Filippai, Melanie Ebreo, Shyla Kailalani, Yoshie Yagi, Jordan Marlin, and Ocean Yagi.

Earlier in September, other peace-related activities included a rummage sale fundraiser for the Carteret Atolls relocation project, support of the “Aloha Peace” award presented to President Obama’s half-sister Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, a “Day of Mindfulness” in Kalōpā State Park, reception and Peace Poster exhibit at C&J Woods and the Friends of the Library’s “Read for Peace.”  The Peace Committee is open to all and new members are always welcome.

The United Nations has celebrated Peace Day since 1981. In 2007, as a result of lobbying by the teen group, United Junior Young Buddhists Association, the Hawai‘i State legislature and Governor Linda Lingle passed a law establishing September 21 as Peace Day in Hawai‘i.  Hawai‘i is the first and only state in America to have a permanent Peace Day.

The 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace was presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations.  Major financial support has been provided by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i Social Concerns Committee, the Seymour Stern Memorial Trust and other generous sponsors.

Peace day 2013

The Peace Committee’s mission is to promote peace, compassion and the awareness of global interdependence by supporting activities year-round. It depends upon the community’s help and support for the continued success of the parade and festival annually.  Contributions can be made as tax deductible donations, purchases of t-shirts and various sponsorship packages.  Call 808-640-4602 or visit www.peacedayparade.org.

 

“Peace Week” in Honoka’a – United Nations International Day of Peace September 18th

The United Nations International Day of Peace and global ceasefire is officially September 21, but on the Big Island, Honoka‘a town celebrates peace with a week-long series of thoughtful, educational, and fun events.

Prince Dance' adds color and style to the Peace Day Parade in Honoka'a Sept. 21. Photo by Sarah Anderson for the Peace Committee

Prince Dance’ adds color and style to the Peace Day Parade in Honoka’a Sept. 21. Photo by Sarah Anderson for the Peace Committee

Sponsored by the Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, activities for all ages include a student poster contest and gallery reception at C&J Woods, book talks, a 5K Run for Peace, meditation workshop, a large community festival with food booths, live music, magic, cirque entertainment and bon dancing.  The highlight of the day is the Peace Day Parade, now in its 7th year, starting at a new time, 4 p.m.

Also new this year is “Peace in the Streets,” produced in partnership with the Honoka‘a Business Association and Mamane Street merchants.  Happening just prior to the parade start, Peace in the Streets offers live music on four stages, a scavenger hunt through town with prizes for winners, Jump and Slide inflatable bouncer and train rides for keiki.

Special guests of the Peace Committee are members of the Sasaki ‘ohana from Japan, peace advocates related to Sadako Sasaki (“Sadako and the Thousand Cranes”), a little girl who became a peace icon after the bombing of Hiroshima.  Before she died at age 12, of radiation-caused leukemia, Sadako and her friends folded origami cranes, each with a wish for peace and healing.

Earlier this year, the Peace Committee launched the “199,000 Cranes” project, to gather 199,000 origami cranes in the next 12 months (one for each victim of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings).  In 2014, the cranes will be sent to Nagasaki and Hiroshima (to be placed with Sadako’s statue in Memorial Peace Park).

Peace Day Cranes

Peace Day Cranes

Groups and individuals committed to donating 1,000 cranes can apply for an invitation to participate in the parade at info@peacedayparade.org.   Others can volunteer to carry and display cranes during the festivities.

The 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations.  The Peace Committee continues to seek additional support, and information on sponsorship, contributions (including Silent Auction items) and purchasing collectible 2013 t-shirts is available at www.PeaceDayParade.org or by email info@peacedayparade.org.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Friday, September 13.  Deadline to enter the Student Peace Poster Contest.  All students, grades K-12 are encouraged to enter their best expression of this year’s theme: “Prepare for Peace.”

Peace

Throughout history, nations have worked hard to prepare for war, natural disasters and other emergencies—but how do people prepare for peace?  Cash prizes are awarded by grade levels, with “Best of Show” winning an overnight stay with parents at luxurious Waianuhea Bed and Breakfast in Ahualoa.  Entry forms for students and teachers available at www.peacedayparade.org.  Posters will be on display at the Peace Day Festival, where winners will be announced.

Friday, September 13. Peace Poster Gallery display reception. C&J Woods will host a reception and display of winning and other select Peace Poster Contest entries from previous years, 5-7 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served and the New Dharma Band will be performing. Various Mamane Street storefronts will also be exhibiting Peace Poster Contest entries from years past.

Sunday, September 15.  A day of “Mindfulness for Peace in Your Daily Life,” a group of meditation practitioners and leaders will introduce their different disciplines  via an engaging panel discussion, a mindful meal and small group meditation instruction and practice sessions.  The day-long workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the peaceful and historical Hamakua Jodo Mission in Pa‘auhau Mauka.  Cost per person is $25 including a delicious vegetarian lunch.
In addition to the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist perspective, participating meditation leaders include:  Father Walther Dettweiler, Retired Episcopal Minister, Kamuela; Ruth Bernaert, Yoga and Meditation teacher, Ahualoa; Kathleen Golden, Vipassana Meditation teacher, Volcano; Amelia Walker, follower of Thich Nhat Hahn’s Order of Interbeing, and panelists representing other meditation perspectives to be announced.  Registration forms are available online at www.peacedayparade.org, or call 775-1064.  Advance registration is required by Friday, September 13.

Thursday, September 19.  “Read for Peace,” presented in partnership with Friends of Honoka‘a Library, takes place at 5 p.m. in the Library, with good conversation over light refreshments.  The book selection for 2013 is “Sarah’s Key,” by Tatiana de Rosnay.  Friends of the Honoka‘a Library will also generously offer an interactive book giveaway at the Peace Day Festival again this year.

Saturday, September 21, Peace Day

“Peace in the Streets.”  From 12 noon to 3:30 p.m., early birds can enjoy in-town activities all along Mamane Street, with fun activities for the whole family, a scavenger hunt with a $100 cash and other great prizes, the ZooChooTrain, Jump & Slide inflatable bouncers, continuous live music up and down the street  and more.

“Run for Peace.”  Register at 2:30 p.m. for a fun run/walk through town, just before the Parade starts.  A great way for runners to show support for Peace Day and share the experience with friends, the 5K Run for Peace route begins at Honoka‘a High and Intermediate School, takes a long loop out towards Waipi‘o Valley and back.  Cost is $25 per person which includes a Peace Day t-shirt with cash prizes to be awarded to division winners.  Entry fee will be waived for high school cross-country runners or teams can use the event for fund-raising.  For information or to register in advance, visit www.peacedayparade.org

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

PEACE DAY PARADE.  Stepping off at 4 p.m., the 7th Annual Parade for the United Nations International Day of Peace has been called a “moving stage” of music, dance and entertainment-with-a-message, as 30+ performing acts, floats, robots and special guests march, drum, dance, play and sing their way from Honoka‘a High and Intermediate School down to Mamane Street and up to the County Sports Complex.

World Peace DayThis year’s highlights include clowns, unicyclists, stilt-walkers and costumed cirque performers from Hiccup Circus, colorful Prince Dance troupe, a magician, a tribute the 75th reunion of Honokaa High School’s Class of 1938, the dynamic drums of Ryukyukoku Daiko Kohala and thousands of origami cranes to honor Sadako’s family, special guests of the Peace Committee.

PEACE DAY FESTIVAL.  From 5-8 p.m., immediately after the Parade, the Peace Day Festival fills the County Sports Complex with action, food booths, fun activities and great entertainment onstage, kicked off by the Grammy-winning Honoka‘a Jazz Band.  Rev. Kosho Yagi will start the festivities with ringing of the peace bell, followed by more music, hula, the Magic and Comedy of Bruce Meyers, the amazing tricks and talents of Hiccup Circus and more.  Family activities include ZooChooTrain rides, Jump & Slide bouncers, games, numerous food, instruction on crane folding and other craft and info booths, giveaways of bicycle safety helmets and peace books, Silent Auction to benefit the Peace Committee and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.  This is a drug and alcohol free event. No coolers please.

World Peace Parade

The 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations.  The Peace Committee continues to seek additional support, and information on sponsorship, contributions (including Silent Auction items) and purchasing collectible 2013 t-shirts is available at www.PeaceDayParade.org or by email info@peacedayparade.org.

A “MOVING STAGE” – Peace on Parade in Honoka‘a

Taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance, jazz, rock & roll, hula, cirque performers and more—Honoka‘a town fills with color and music for the 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Peace DayStarting at a new time this year to coincide with the official International Day of Peace and Peace Day in Hawai‘i, the Parade steps off at 4 p.m. from Honoka‘a High School, as a “moving stage” of music, dance, colorful costumes and fun entertainment with a message marches down Mamane Street.

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Afterwards, a free community Peace Day Festival takes place at the Honoka‘a Sports Complex from 5-8 p.m., with great local and ethnic foods, artists and crafters, live entertainment and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.  The Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist temple, producers of the annual festivities, is now accepting booth applications from community groups, food and other vendors for the Festival.

2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

The Peace Committee is also planning the 5K “Peace Run-Walk,” “Read for Peace” programs in the library and school, a “Day of Mindfulness” and the popular annual Peace Poster Contest for students.  The contest is free to enter, and cash prizes are awarded to the winners in several categories.  Detailed information is available at: www.peacedayparade.org

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

The United Nations has been celebrating the International Day of Peace for more than 25 years, and Peace Day became law in Hawai‘i in 2007 as a result of lobbying by the teen group, United Junior Young Buddhist Association.  Proceeds go towards community services, including educational programs, charities, environmental activism programs and various peace initiatives year-round.

Peace

The 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations.  The Peace Committee continues to seek additional support, information on sponsorship, contributions (including for the Silent Auction) and purchasing t-shirts is available at www.PeaceDayParade.org or by email info@peacedayparade.org.

 

Big Island Police Investigating Cause of Fire and the Discovery of a Body in Honoka’a

Police are investigating the cause of a fire and the discovery of a body in a house in Honokaʻa.

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On Tuesday (December 11) at about 8:21 p.m., police and fire personnel responded to a home in Āhualoa in upper Honokaʻa after receiving a report of a structure fire and found the structure fully engulfed. Police determined that there was an occupant of the residence who was unaccounted for.

Police and fire personnel discovered the body after extinguishing the fire.

Detectives and an evidence specialist from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section responded and are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a fire and a coroner’s inquest.

Detectives have not released the identity of the deceased person and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

The structure was deemed a total loss.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

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

 

Results From the 5th Annual Peace Day Parade & Festival

The peaceful plantation town of Honoka’a was filled with people celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace on Sunday, during its 5th Annual Peace Day Parade & Festival.  More than a thousand gathered to enjoy the lively “moving stage” of music, floats and entertainment with a message–as marching bands, Taiko drummers, bon dancers, cirque performers, hula halau and more, joined together in the spirit of peace.

Honoka'a Peace Parade

Peace Corps honored.  Special honorees for the Parade were about 30 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV’s) from the Big Island, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Peace Corps.  At least eight “Peace Corps couples” residing in the Honoka’a/Hamakua area found love and married during, or as a result of, their service. Elene Hertweck, from the San Francisco Region Peace Corps office was on hand for the festivities.  Hertweck served two times, in the Ukraine and in South Africa, both after she reached the age of 60.  “We have no upper age limit,” she said.  “The oldest volunteer is 84… This is a way to serve your country and learn about another culture, share your skills and have an adventure!”

Honoka'a Peace Parade

Run for Peace.  Sunday’s events also included the first annual 5K “Run for Peace.”   Top finishers for the men:  Billy Barnett at 17:22 (20-29), Jason Braswell at 17:53 (30-39), Lyman Perry at 18:50 (40-49), Tony Connors at19:34 (15-19).  For the women:  Heidi Schmidgall at 26:15 (20-29), Elizabeth Aguirre at 31:27 (15-19), Abigail Andrade at 31:28 (under 15).

A Peace Day Festival following the Parade featured food booths and entertainment by the Honoka’a High School Jazz Band, John Keawe and others, a performance by Terminal Circus and a large community Bon Dance that filled the field.

Tradition of peace.  The Festival program began with a message from Rev. Marcia Hartsock of the Honoka’a United Methodist Church, a ceremonial chant and bell-ringing by Rev. Kosho Yagi of Honoka’a Hongwanji and the release of white peace doves.  Rev. Eric Matsumoto, Bishop of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and Former Minister of the Honoka’a, Kamuela, Pa’auilo and Kohala Hongwanji Buddhist Temples, addressed the audience of about 1,000.  “So today, we gather for the purpose of nurturing peace in our hearts and minds, our local community of Honoka’a and the Big Island and the whole world,” said Matsumoto.  “I would like to close by expressing my appreciation to the Honoka’a Community for hosting this event, the entire Big Island Community for your participation and support of nurturing peace in our world.”

Peace Poster Contest.  Also during Festival, winners of the annual student Peace Poster Contest were announced.  They are:

K-3: Chloe Salom, 2nd grade, Ha’aheo School

4-6 grade
3rd  Place: Latrece Fernandez, 6th grade, Pa’auilo School
2nd Place: Xyan Ancheta, 6th grade, Pa’auilo School
1st Place: Seira Gleason, 6th grade, Pa’auilo School

7-8 grade
3rd Place (tie): Kristopher Nobriga, 8th grade, and Tyanna Aranaydo, 7th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School
2nd Place: Kamea Phenicie, 8th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School
1st Place: Jacie Carvalho, 7th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School

9-12 grade
3rd Place: Shelby Bakin, 9th grade, Pa’auilo School
2nd Place: Saysha Cadabona, Pa’auilo School
1st Place:  Shrone Baton, Pa’auilo School

Sponsor prize, presented by Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast:  Donalyn Kaneo, 8th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School

Honoka'a Peace Parade

The 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace is presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka’a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development County Product Enrichment Program grant and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Social Concerns Committee.

The Peace Committee depends upon the community’s help and support for the continued success of the parade and festival annually.  The goal is to engage in and support activities year-round to promote peace, compassion and awareness of universal interdependence.  Contributions can be made as tax deductible donations, purchases of t-shirts and various sponsorship packages.  Call 808-640-4602 or visit www.peacedayparade.org.

International Peace Day Parade & Festival This Weekend in Honoka’a

Honokaa town is ramping up the 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Sunday, September 18, 2011.  Stepping off at 11 a.m. from Honokaa High School, the Peace Day Parade is a “moving stage” of Taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance, belly dancers, robots, jazz, rock & roll, hula, a circus and more entertainment with a message.

Special honorees for the 2011 Peace Day events will be Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV’s), in celebration of Peace Day and the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary this year.  At least eight couples (our “lovebirds”), all of whom met and married during, or as a result of, their service in Peace Corps, have chosen to make their home in the Hamakua District.  They, along with numerous other RPCV’s, will be special honorees in the Peace Day festivities.

Before and after the Parade, a Peace Day Festival takes place at the Honokaa Sports Complex 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with great local and ethnic foods, artists and crafters, live entertainment, numerous governmental agencies from the Rural Outreach Services Initiative and a large Bon Dance for everyone to join. Featured entertainment includes John Keawe, Terminal Circus, Honokaa High School Jazz Band, Ryukyukoku Matsuri taiko group, and an open community bon dance session.

In addition, the 1st Annual “Run for Peace,” a 5K/3.1-mile run open to everyone, will start at 10:45 a.m., from the Honokaa High School Football Field.  Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.  Entry Fee of $15 includes “Peace Day Parade” T-shirt. (For high school cross-country teams, special terms and conditions apply.)  $100 cash prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female finishers and $50 for the best Peace costume.  For more information, please visit www.peacedayparade.org or contact Jim Atkins, steelsprings@yahoo.com, 962-0110.

Peace-related events continue throughout the month of September.  On Thursday, September 22, the Sakura Ensemble will perform a concert of peace music at “Read for Peace,” Honokaa Library at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of Hamakua Libraries and the Peace Committee.

And, from now to September 29, the Wailoa Art & Cultural Center in Hilo hosts an exhibit of children’s Peace Posters in its Fountain Gallery, open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free. (For additional information about the Center please call 933-0416 or email wailoa@yahoo.com).

The 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development (Tourism Division) CPEP and the Social Concerns Committee of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

For more information visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org

Volunteers Who Found Love in the Peace Corps and Settled in Hamakua to be Honored at Peace Day Parade

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV’s) make up a very special demographic along the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast.  A recent Sunday afternoon “photo op” brought together seven couples from the area, all of whom met and married during, or as a result of, their service in Peace Corps.  They, along with numerous other RPCV’s, will be special honorees in Honokaa’s Peace Day Parade on Sunday, September 18, in celebration of Peace Day and the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary this year.

Peace Corps Volunteers

Pictured, L to R. Front row: Joe and Karen Clarkson (Pa`auilo Mauka); Patricia Andrade Stout and Andrew Stout (Ahualoa). Second Row: Jodean and Romel DelaCruz (Ahualoa). Third row: Steve and Jacinta Hanks (Pa`auilo Mauka), Gloria and David Myklebust (Pa'auilo Mauka). Fourth row: Bill Lichter (Kapulena). Not shown, Jane Lichter and Walter Mosch & Janet Goh Mosch (Pa'auilo Mauka). Photo by Sarah Anderson

Romel Delacruz, retired Executive Director of Hale Ho’ola and Jodean Delacruz, former principal of Honokaa High School, met on assignment in the Philippines in the 1960’s.

About the same time, David and Gloria Myklebust, both educators, met in New York City before their service in Cameroon, on Africa’s central western coast.  They’ve been told they are the first couple to be given permission to marry while serving in the Peace Corps.

Walter Mosch met future wife Janet Goh in graduate school in international studies at Columbia University, not long after Walter’s service in Cameroon, 20 years after the Myklebust’s (who coincidentally live next door).

Steve and Jacinta Hanks fell in love in Papua New Guinea during Steve’s service in the 1990’s.  They both teach at Honokaa High School, and have devoted countless hours to helping the people of Jacinta’s homeland, the Carteret Islands.

Other Hamakua residents with ties to the Peace Corps include Bill and Jane Lichter (Saipan), Joe and Karen Clarkson (Marshall Islands), Andrew and Patricia Andrade Stout (Ecuador), Theresa Lee and Stephen Oldfather.

What makes Hamakua such a “peace-full” community?  Hard to say.  The rural lifestyle of the former sugar cane plantation town is a factor; the island’s tolerance for families of mixed races may be another, as well as work opportunity at Honokaa High School, good weather for growing things, and a strong sense of place.

Romel Delacruz estimates that of the 200,000 RPCV’s since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961, 200 live in Hawaii.  Some RPCV’s trained in Waipio Valley, where a full-scale hamlet was constructed to replicate a Southeast Asian village.

In celebration of the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary, an island-wide reunion is planned for November 14-21, with events in Kona, Hilo and Waipio Valley.  For more information, visit www.rpcvhi.org.

The 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace steps off at 11 a.m. from Honokaa High School, and proceeds down Mamane Street.  With Taiko drums, marching bands, Bon Dance, belly dancers, jazz, rock & roll, hula and more, the Peace Day Parade is a “moving stage” of music, dance and entertainment with a message.  Concurrently, a Peace Day Festival takes place at the Honokaa Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with great local and ethnic foods, artists and crafters, live entertainment and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.

The 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development (Tourism Division) CPEP and the Social Concerns Committee of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

For more information visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org

Staying at One of the Best Bed and Breakfast’s on the Big Island… The Waianuhea

This weekend my wife, son and I had the opportunity to stay at one of the nicest Bed and Breakfasts on the Big Island, The Waianuhea Inn, on the slopes of Honoka’a.

The Front of the Inn

I was stoked to learn that they were putting us up in the suite called Kalauna Akea as it had it’s own private entrance and was away from the main house so I wouldn’t have to worry about my son making loud noises and bothering other house guests.

Our own private entrance

Back Entrance

The suite itself had a living room and a separate bedroom

Our Living Room

We took a quick tour of the place and realized this place was a lot larger in person then it looked on the website!

Part of the downstairs area

Just be careful on these steps and stay to the outside if your walking on them as I almost missed a step!

This place is really classy and everywhere we looked we were impressed with the details of the place.

Interesting table

The cool thing about this place, is that it’s totally eco-friendly and gets all of it’s power through solar panels located on the property and on the roof of the buildings.

Solar Panels produce all the energy needed for Waianuhea

We received the full package and on Saturday evening they gave us a three-course-meal in their “Great Room”.  I forgot my camera, but dinner consisted of fresh local green salad with this awesome vinaigrette dressing, fresh organic Waimea corn, Mashed Sweet Purple Potatoes and a nice slice of mahi mahi covered in some sort of special dressing.  Dessert consisted of a Strawberry Icecream and Mango sorbet type of dish… All I can say is it was awesome!

The "Great Room" where we enjoyed a candle lit dinner

It was nice being up in the slopes of Honoka’a as there weren’t any coqui frogs to be heard of.  The only thing was that it was a bit cold up in the hills at least for someone who is local and they had the solution for that.

Wood Burning Fireplace

Unfortunately for us, they had just installed it and it wasn’t ready to use.  However, the Manager Randy was kind enough to bring us a couple of space heaters that kept the place more then toasty!

We were getting ready to wind down so we checked out some complimentary DVD’s from their stocked DVD Library and settled in for the night.

DVD and Game library

In the morning, we had breakfast next to the kitchen along with some of the other guests that were staying there.

The table we sat at for breakfast

Breakfast consisted of an array of fresh local fruits, juices and a special spinach like combination that was like a cross between a quiche and an omelet (and of course I forgot my camera for breakfast as well)

The Waianuhea Inn

It’s really a great place and I like to thank the organizer of the Peace Day Parade for setting up these accommodations for me, as The Waianuhea Inn was an official sponsor of the Peace Day Parade Poster contest.

Check out this video for even more views of this place:

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The 4th Annual Honoka’a Peace Day Parade… The Picture Gallery

Yesterday was the 4th Annual Honoka’a Peace Parade and I was fortunate enough to get a chance to cover the events as well as the festivities that happened after the parade.

The parade was partially sponsored by the Hawaii Island Chapter of the United Nations Association.

After the initial police car came through leading the parade… The Cub Scouts from Pack 35 in Honoka’a lead the way.

After the cub scouts went by,  Steve Sparks (far left) and friends came by.

There were a lot of sweet rides in this parade:

As well as some cute ones:

The parade was about an hour long and included high school bands:

Local musicians like Brad Bordessa were aboard floats:

While a rock band played in the back of a flatbed truck.

I think the best thing about this parade is all the diversified groups and people that come together to put this on.

A parade wouldn’t be a parade here in Hawaii without a Royal Court and this one had it’s Royal Court as well.

Of course there will always be someone who tries to pull a fast one… I’ll have more on this character on Wordless Wednesday:

Feel free to click on any of the pictures above or below for larger pictures:

Honoka’a Peace Day Parade – More on Tap: Poetry Slam, Peace Advocate Author-Veteran, Chalk Art Street Event and Earth’s “Climate Change Refugees”

Media Release:

The usually quiet Honokaa community will welcome a series of energized events during the week of its 4th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Sunday, September 19.  On tap, a live Poetry Slam for peace, with special appearance and booksigning by peace advocate and US Army veteran Paul Chappell, Saturday September 18,  5:00-7:00 p.m. at Feel My Bean coffee house and restaurant in Honokaa.

Paul Chappell

In keeping with the United Nations 2010 theme of “Youth, Peace and Development,”  the Honokaa events, produced by the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s Peace Committee, are packed with creative opportunities, fun activities and free expression.  Numerous partner projects and programs are represented in the days leading up to the main events, the “Peace Day” Parade & Festival.

Darron Cambra, Faith Angelica Pascua and Tuia’ana Scanlon will represent the award-winning Youth Speaks Hawaii group—two time national Youth Poetry Slam winners and featured on HBO.  Slam poetry is a freeform, upbeat style of creative writing, often performed with hip hop moves or rapid rap-style delivery. Students can identify instantly with its powerful impact, inspiring even the shyest to get involved and perform.  The poets and mentor will take “slam poetry” workshops into local schools (students only), courtesy of Truth2Youth and support from Hawaii People’s Fund.

"Youth Speaks"

From 1:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18, a free, open-to-the-public workshop will be conducted by Youth Speaks Hawaii poets at North Hawaii Education Resource Center (NHERC).  At 5:00 p.m. a live poetry slam at Feel My Bean restaurant allows poets old and new a chance to take the stage to perform for friends and family.  Admission is free, with gourmet coffee, local organic pupus and other great menu items available for purchase.

Also at 5:00 Saturday, the Peace Committee is proud to present internationally-known speaker, author and peace advocate, Paul K. Chappell.  A young and dynamic West Point graduate and Iraq veteran, Chappell is appearing throughout Hawaii for statewide Peace Day events as part of his world book tour.  Chappell  will talk story and sign books at Feel My Bean in collaboration with the poetry event, thanks to Dr. Jeannie Lum and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Education, Educational Foundations Department and the Civic Forum for Public Schools in Hawaii.  The community is invited to come and enjoy the chance to meet him in person, and purchase autographed copies of his most recent books: “Will War Ever End?” and “The End of War,” acclaimed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other celebrated peacemakers.

Already underway, the Peace Poster Contest rolled out at the beginning of the school year, state- and nationwide.  Entries are displayed at the Festival and will be part of an exhibition at Wailoa Center later this year.  Overall Winner and parents will receive a night’s stay at the luxurious Waianuhea Bed and Breakfast, event sponsor.  Entry deadline is Friday, September 10.  See details at www.peacedayparade.org

On Sunday at 11:00 a.m., stepping off from Honokaa High School, the Peace Day Parade is a “moving stage” of music, dance and more, marching down the “new” freshly-repaved Mamane Street.  The wide variety of multi-cultural performers includes ‘ukulele bands, hula, Taiko drum groups, bon dancers, break dancers, cirque performers, stilt-walkers, rock & roll, jazz, the “Peace Bubble,” superheroes and lots of surprises.  At 12:00 noon, a community Festival takes place in the Honokaa Sports Complex, with food booths, crafters and community information, plus peace ceremonies, music and entertainment onstage until 3:00 p. m.  One goal of the Festival is to be a low or no-waste event.  Admission is free and the public is welcome.

The 4th Annual “Peace Day” events are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the County of Hawaii’s Department of Research and Development (CPEP grant from the Tourism Division) and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission Buddhist Temples of Hawaii (Social Concerns Committee and Propagation Grant Committee).

For more information visit www.peacedayparade.org, see “Peace Day Parade” on Facebook, or email PeaceDayParade@gmail.com

YOUth: Creating a Peaceful Future… Win Prizes in the “Peace Poster” Contest for All Students

2009 Overall Juror's Choice winner, Kyle Rafol of Waikoloa School

Media Release:

“Youth and Future” are powerful themes for this year’s Peace Day celebrations around the globe.  Young people can focus on creating a more peaceful future, by entering the Peace Poster Contest, part of the 4th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Sunday, September 19 in Honokaa.

The contest is open to all youth, and winners will be announced at the Festival in the County Sports Complex from 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.  First, Second, and Third Place prizes of $50, $35 and $25 respectively, will be awarded in each grade category, K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.  The Grand Prize for “Best in Show” is $100 and a one-night stay for the winner and parents at the luxurious Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast in Ahualoa (minimum value $200).

“We are reaching out to all educators, in Hawaii, on the mainland and around the world, to use this contest as an opportunity for student dialog,” said contest organizer Cindy Navarro-Bowman, who teaches at Honokaa High School.  “The U.N. theme has inspired us to reflect on the role youth play in creating a peaceful future, and our hope is that kids everywhere will send their artwork to Hawaii for Peace Day.”

How to enter the Peace Poster Contest:
-Detailed information and required forms are available at www.PeaceDayParade.org.
-Deadline for submission: 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2010 and there is no entry fee.
-Posters submitted will be considered a donation to the Peace Committee and will not be returned.

Posters will be evaluated for Focus (as relates to the theme “YOUth: Creating a Peaceful Future”), Purpose, Layout and Design, Drawings, Mechanics, Creativity and Neatness.  Previous Peace Poster Contests have inspired hundreds of entries, and it continues to grow bigger every year.

“The kids make it special,” said Parade & Festival Chairman Miles Okumura, also a teacher at Honokaa High School.  “They are the ones who can make it happen on the world scale too, who may actually see peace in their lifetime.  Our goal is to help inspire them, with the Peace Poster Contest, the Parade and music, the slam poets at the Festival—whatever it takes.  We want our events to be the most recognized Peace Day happenings in Hawaii, with major participation from kids everywhere.”

The festivities begin with the Peace Day Parade, stepping off at 11:00 a.m. from Honokaa High School.  A “moving stage” down Mamane Street, the Parade features Taiko drum ensembles, High School marching bands, colorful “Prince Dance,” cirque performers from “Terminal Circus,”  the Honokaa Jazz Band, rock & roll, hip hop, hula, bon dancers and much more.   The Parade ends at 12:00 noon at the County Sports Complex where the community Festival begins, with great local and ethnic foods, artists and crafters, more music and live entertainment onstage.

The Peace Committee is also recruiting food booths, vendors and community organizations to participate in the Festival, as well as contributions to the Silent Auction and flatbed trucks and drivers for the Parade.  Plans are underway for the annual Mamane Street decorating contest for shops and restaurants, support programs for the Carteret Islands relocation project, and other events.

Last year’s festivities drew more than 2,000 participants and news coverage on all the major local television network stations.  Plus, live streaming video linked the Parade & Festival with Peace Day concerts around the world for a potential 2 million viewers.

The United Nations has celebrated Peace Day annually since September 21, 1982. A youth group, the United Federation of the Junior Young Buddhists Associations, successfully lobbied the state legislature in 2007 to establish a permanent Peace Day in the State of Hawaii.

On the Big Island, the 4th Annual “Peace Day” events are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development (Tourism Division) and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission Buddhist Temples of Hawaii (Social Concerns Committee and Propagation Grant Committee).

Sunday’s Parade & Festival are free and open to the public.  Deadline to enter the Peace Poster Contest is 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 10.  For more information call (808) 883-0669, see “Peace Day Parade” on Facebook, email PeaceDayParade@gmail.com or visit www.peacedayparade.org

Free Sugar Plantation Photo Exhibit Opens August 2nd

Media Release:

“A Plantation Town of the Past: Photographs of Paul Christensen 1930s-1970s” opens August 2 at the North Hawai‘i Education & Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka‘a.

Experience five decades of the Big Isle’s sugar plantation history through 50 vintage images, mostly in black and white. Also on display will be color aerial shots of five sugar mills.

The free exhibit is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, August 2-14.

NHERC is easy to find in the heart of Honoka‘a when enroute to Waipi‘o Valley. It’s located next to Honoka‘a’s medical facility at 45-539 Plumeria St. and across from the landmark Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.  NHERC is an ADA-accessible facility.

For additional information, phone 808-775-8890.

Presented by NHERC, a branch of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and the Honoka‘a Business Association, the two-week display is supported by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Hawai‘i and private community contributions

Honoka’a: Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace

peace parade

Arrow-Button Who We Are: The Peace Committee, producers of the 3rd Annual Parade and Festival for the
United Nations International Day of Peace
Arrow-Button Where It Is: Downtown Honokaa, Hawaii
Arrow-Button When Is It: September 20, 2009 – Parade is at 12 Noon and Festival is at 1 PM
Arrow-Button How You Can Help: We are seeking participation and support for our events   Link: See how you can help!

Peace Day Parade In Action!

Featured Perfomers - The Jesse White Tumbling Team

Removal of Popular Teacher Prompts Protest at Honoka’a School Complex

…The press release also claims that the “recent removal of a popular teacher was the last straw, bringing the parents to the streets to air their anger and frustration…

For video of protest and more info see BIVN.