Peace Day Festival Schedule for This Week

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16.

Peace Film Series, Honokaa Peoples Theater.  6:30-9:00pm  $2 per person ($1 to help cover HPT costs, $1 donation to Carteret Islands Project)

See the film that started it all, “The Day After Peace,” award-winning feature length documentary by Jeremy Gilley who started the global movement to establish the United Nations International Day of Peacehttp://www.peaceoneday.org/

PLUS special talk-story presentation about Kilinailau (Carteret) Islands.  Learn about the Earth’s first “environmental refugees” from Steve and Jacinta Hanks, whose family is living there, along with 2,000 indigenous people who must relocate before their home is inundated by the ocean in 2015 or before.

Then, screening of the film “Sun Come Up,” telling the Islanders’ story, courtesy of filmmakers Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger.

SATURDAY, September 18

10am-3pm  “Open Farm” at Mauna Kea Tea Company–partnering with Peace Day Parade in Honokaa to promote peace through tea.  We will have a garden walk with focus on cultivating inner peace with natural farming and tea.  http://www.maunakeatea.com/home

1-3pm  Open to everybody!  Poetry slam workshop by Youth Speaks Hawaii at NHERC!  Be inspired by the two-time International champions and discover your inner poet in this freestyle, energy-charged creative form of expression.  http://youthspeakshawaii.wordpress.com/ Free.

“Art4Peace” We are working with Mar Ortaleza, with the Abled Hawaii Arts (aha!) group, to present afree Chalk Art event at the Botelho Building Saturday afternoon.  Chalks, encouragement and applause provided free — a great expression for all ages.  http://www.cds.hawaii.edu/aha/events/09192009/ Free.

5-7pm, A Real Poetry Slam at Feel My Bean.  Mahalo, Feel My Bean, for making space available for our new poetry slam poets and seasoned slammers from Youth Speaks Hawaii!  Menu available – please come and support our poets and our hosts!  PLUS, a special appearance and booksigning by Capt. Paul K. Chappell, internationally known speaker, author, peace activist and US veteran. Archbishop Tutu says, “Captain Paul K. Chappell has given us a crucial look at war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier…The End of War can help people everywhere understand why war must end, and how together we can end it.”

You won’t want to miss this one of a kind opportunity.  http://www.paulkchappell.com/

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH

11:00am  The Parade!  Stepping off from Honoka’a High School, along Mamane Street and up to the County Sports Complex.  Various stops and performances at narrator stands along the route.

12:00 noon  Peace Day Festival.  Honokaa Sports Complex.  Numerous food booths, crafts and community groups, live entertainment onstage, plus a large community Bon Dance, ringing of the Peace Bell and release of doves.  Large silent auction to benefit the Peace Committee.

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