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Free Live Webcast Available for Two Pillars of Peace Hawaii Events with The Elders

Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i, an initiative of theHawai‘i Community Foundation, announced today The Elders’ student discussion, “Leaders Make the Future: The Wisdom of Elders and Youngers” on August 30 (limited tickets available) and public forum “A Just and Inclusive Global Community” on August 31 (sold out) will be streamed online in real time, free of charge for those unable to attend.

Elders in Hawaii

These two events are part of a series of Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i events (August 29 -31) where members of The Elders, global peace leaders Gro Harlem Brundtland, Ms. Hina Jilani and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will speak and exchange ideas with the people of Hawai‘i on practicing peace, compassion and ethical leadership.

To view the live webcasts of these two events, please visit http://www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org/the-elders-in-hawaii-via-live-stream. Viewers can also submit questions for The Elders’ consideration through Twitter or Facebook using #PEACEHI during the events.

Student Talk, “Leaders Make the Future: The Wisdom of Elders and Youngers”

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014
  • Live stream starts at 8:45 a.m. HAST
  • The Elders’ talk starts at 9:30 a.m. HAST

Members of The Elders will speak directly to high school, college and university students to help the youth on their path of ethical leadership, to encourage compassionate and responsible behavior, and to instill hope for the future of Hawai‘i and the world. Additionally, the event will feature performances by Aidan James, Nick Acosta and Kealoha.

Public Talk, “A Just and Inclusive Global Community”

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014
  • Live stream starts at 3:15 p.m. HAST
  • The Elders’ talk starts at 4:00 p.m. HAST

The Elders will speak to the general public about global citizenship and equality, and how these can help empower individuals, youth and civil society groups, leading to a better future for all. The event will include slam poetry by Kealoha and a musical performance by Henry Kapono.

About Hawai‘i Community Foundation

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF), with 98 years of community service, is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. The Foundation is a steward of over 650 funds, including more than 190 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2013, $43 million in grants and contracts were distributed by HCF statewide, including $4 million in scholarships. The HCF also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector. For more information on HCF, please visithttp://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/.

The Elders Headline Pillars of Peace Hawaii Events

Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i to host peace leaders Gro Harlem Brundtland, Hina Jilani, and Desmond Tutu in a series of community events.

Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i, an initiative of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, will host three preeminent global leaders from The Elders from August 29-31. While in Honolulu, they will engage in a series of exchanges with the people of Hawai‘i on peace, compassion, and ethical leadership. The Pillars of Peace Hawaii program was established in part to inspire our community to cultivate empathy, mindfulness and justice in our daily lives and better understand the roles of diversity and culture in the practice of peace.

Elders

The Elders include former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization, Gro Harlem Brundtland; renowned lawyer, pro-democracy campaigner and Pakistani women’s movement leader Hina Jilani; and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate, veteran anti-apartheid activist and peace campaigner.

This is the first time that representatives of The Elders will engage Hawai‘i. The community will have the unique opportunity to listen to this world-renowned group of leaders in a public forum entitled “A Just and Inclusive Global Community,” on Sunday, August 31, 4:00 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Convention Center’s Lili‘u Theater. Tickets for the public presentation will be available for purchase at http://pillarsofpeacehawaii.org/schedule-tickets-the-elders on August 1st. Student tickets are $12 and general public tickets are $20; both include validated parking at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

There will also be an opportunity for selected Hawai‘i students to attend a special Student Leaders Program, “Leaders Make the Future: the Wisdom of Elders and Youngers.” The student leaders will be chosen to attend by their schools’ administrators or teachers. Other areas of discussion during the Elders’ visit to Hawai‘i include climate change and ethical leadership.

“We are honored to have such an esteemed group of leaders come to Hawai‘i to share their global experiences and perspectives on peace issues,” said Kelvin H. Taketa, President and CEO of Hawai‘i Community Foundation. “Their visit will enable us, in turn, to share our approach to peace, influenced by the spirit of aloha and our community that merges numerous cultural influences.”

The Elders is an independent group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007; they use their collective wisdom, experience, and influence to support peace building, address major causes of human suffering, and promote the shared interests of humanity.

Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General, currently chairs The Elders. Archbishop Tutu served for six years as Chair and remains an Honorary Elder. Using its members’ collective experiences and insights, the group promotes universal human rights and peace. For more information on The Elders, please visit http://www.theelders.org/.

The Elders’ visit is part of “Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha,” an initiative of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation launched in 2012. The program’s events aim to spark conversations about the roles of compassion, diversity, and culture in the practice of peace. Highlighting Hawai‘i’s culture and its spirit of aloha, the program also positions Hawai‘i as a leading voice for peace. Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i is funded by the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and other partners. For more information on this initiative, please visit http://pillarsofpeacehawaii.org/.

About Hawai‘i Community Foundation

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF), with 98 years of community service, is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. The Foundation is a steward of over 650 funds, including more than 190 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2013, $43 million in grants and contracts were distributed by HCF statewide, including $4 million in scholarships. The HCF also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector. For more information on HCF, please visit http://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/.

Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Speaks with O’ahu Students on Practicing Peace

As a part of the Pillars of Peace Hawai’i program of the Hawai’i Community Foundation, O’ahu public and private school students were treated to a talk today with Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall.

All Photos Courtesy of Pillars of Peace

All Photos Courtesy of Pillars of Peace

Before the talk, student entertainers, including Moanalua High School’s Brown Bags to Stardom winner, R.I.S.K.; Castle High School’s Brown Bags to Stardom winner, Ho’okipa; and 12-year-old singer, Ciana Pelekai wowed the crowd with their talents.

Ciana Pelekai

Ciana Pelekai

“In so many countries around the world, citizens are challenging their government’s misuse of power,” said Pam Omidyar, co-founder of the Pillars of Peace Hawai’i program. “Daw Suu reminds us that governance is to be in the service of others, to enable them to be educated, healthy, and work towards their full potential. She has proven, like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and dear Archbishop Tutu, that love and truth can move people more strongly than fear or coercion.”

Pam Omidyar

Pam Omidyar

Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech focused on the theme, “Peace Takes Courage and Compassion.” During her talk she spoke to topics ranging from her imprisonment, her beliefs on peace and compassion, and the importance of the next generation to be leaders in practicing peace. Following her speech, she answered students’ questions selected from submissions prior to the event.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech focused on the theme, “Peace Takes Courage and Compassion.” During her talk she spoke to topics ranging from her imprisonment, her beliefs on peace and compassion, and the importance of the next generation to be leaders in practicing peace. Following her speech, she answered students’ questions selected from submissions prior to the event.

Aung San Suu Kyi

“Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit is a part of a series of global peace leaders who have visited our islands with the hope that they will take back what they have learned about our culture and their experiences as they work to cultivate a more peaceful society,” said Kelvin Taketa of the Hawai’i Community Foundation. “These leaders see students as being the foundation for building peace in the world. One of the hopes for the Pillars of Peace Hawai’i program is to help give a new generation the tools and inspiration to embrace peace.”

Pierre and Pam Omidyar, Aung San Suu Kyi and Kelvin Taketa

Pierre and Pam Omidyar, Aung San Suu Kyi and Kelvin Taketa. Photo by Pillars of Peace

The public was invited to tune in to a live stream of Aung San Suu Kyi’s student talk today on the Pillars of Peace website. For those who missed the live stream, the talk will be available beginning tomorrow for playback at www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org.

“The most important thing that I heard was that love is not enough, it’s compassion,” said Ayami Hatanaka, a junior at ‘Iolani School and member of the ‘Iolani Peace Institute. “There are several factors when it comes to not only creating peace, but being cooperative. Humility is the key to being a good leader and a good person.”

Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

Pillars of Peace Hawai’i, Rotary International, East-West Center, and the Myanmar Association of Hawai’i are co-hosting Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to O’ahu.

 

Pillars of Peace Hawai’i Welcomes Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

Pillars of Peace Hawai’i – a program of the Hawai’i Community Foundation – announced today plans to co-host peace leader Aung San Suu Kyi on her visit to O’ahu this month. The trip, which will be Aung San Suu Kyi’s first visit to the islands, will allow her to share her message of peace and compassion while gaining an understanding of Hawai’i’s unique culture, history and aloha spirit. Other organizations co-hosting her visit include Rotary International, East West Center and the Myanmar Association of Hawai’i.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

While in Hawai’i, Aung San Suu Kyi will participate in several private events hosted by Pillars of Peace Hawai’i, including a speech titled “Peace Takes Courage and Compassion,” followed by a question and answer session with public and private high school students. Tickets are being distributed to students through their respective schools.

The general public is invited to view the student event online by tuning in to a live stream on the Pillars of Peace website at www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org. For those unable to watch the live stream starting at 10:25 a.m., the talk will be available for playback after the event concludes.

“We can learn a great deal from Aung San Suu Kyi and her nonviolent struggle for democracy and human rights,” said Kelvin Taketa, president and CEO of the Hawai’i Community Foundation. “At the same time, the Pillars of Peace program creates an opportunity to share with global peace leaders Hawai’i’s unique example of multiculturalism to carry with them wherever they go around the world.”

Those wishing to hear Aung San Suu Kyi speak in person can purchase a ticket to the Rotary International’s Rotary Global Peace Forum dinner where Aung San Suu Kyi will deliver the keynote speech on Saturday, Jan. 26. More information on the Rotary Global Peace Forum is available at http://peaceforumhawaii.org/.

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.

In addition to hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Pillars of Peace Hawaii 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.

That's me on the far right taking his picture. (Photo by Dallas Nagata White)

That’s me on the far right taking his picture. (Photo by Dallas Nagata White)

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

ABOUT AUNG SAN SUU KYI

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Member of Parliament of the Union of Burma and is a founding member of the National League for Democracy. Early in her career, she worked in the office of the United Nations Secretariat in New York and was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for South East Asian Studies at Kyoto University and the Indian Institute for Advanced Studies in Simla. Following her return to Burma in 1988 and winning an election by popular vote, she was placed under house arrest until 1995, and again during 2000 to 2002 and 2003 to 2010. Aung San Suu Kyi has received more than 120 awards and honors internationally, including: Nobel Peace Prize (Oslo, Norway, 1991); Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding (India, 1995); Congressional Gold Medal (USA, 2008); Honorary Canadian Citizenship Parliament Hill (Ottawa, Canada, 2008); and Legion of Honor [Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur] (France, 2012).

Overview of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Visit to Hawaii

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Hawai’i in April 2012 marked the launch of Hawai’i Community Foundation’s new initiative, “Pillars of Peace Hawai’i: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha.”

I had the opportunity to meet the His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Kualoa Park over on Oahu. That’s me on the far right taking his picture. (Photo by Dallas Nagata White)

The visit touched thousands of people and brought an important message of peace and compassion to Hawai’i and beyond.

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From private discussions with native Hawaiian leaders, to public talks geared to students and the wider community, the Dalai Lama shared his insights and inspired us to consider our own daily practices of peace and aloha.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama “Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha” – Part 2

On Sunday, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, held a public talk at the sold out Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus.

Sponsored by the Hawaii Community Foundation and The Pillars of Peace, His Holiness spoke on “Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha.”

Here are some pictures from the talk provided by the Pillars of Peace:

Willie K was part of the entertainment on the second day of His Holiness the 14th Dala Lama of Tibets second day of public talks

Pillars of Peace host Pierre Omidyar introduces His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet for his public talk, “Advancing Peace Through the Powere of Aloha”.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet talks to a crowd of 9,000 about the role of peace and compassion in daily life

The Halau Hula Olana, or Schoo of Living Hula, surrounded His Holiness on stage with a moving closing performance.

You can listen to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibets speech by clicking here: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha

His Holiness the Dalai Lama “Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha” – Part 1

The Hawai’i Community Foundation has started an organization called the Pillars of Peace and it’s goal is to bring world leaders to Hawaii in the future for public talks about things that are going on in the world.

Ehunuikaimalino member Hero Wooching shares a moment with His Holiness on stage. (Photos courtesy of Pillars of Peace)

Ebay Founder Pierre Omidyar and his personal ties to His Holiness the Dalai Lama made it possible for the Dalai Lama to make his first visit to Hawaii since he was last here in Maui a few years back.

Here are some of the pictures that were released from his visit:

His Holiness enjoys a moment with preschoolers from Aha Punana Leo O Honolulu, a Hawaiian Immersion School.

His Holiness greets Hawaiian singer Anuhea Jenkins

His Holiness greets Taimane Gardner after her electrifying ukulele performance

His Holiness is presented with a pu, or conch shell, an integral component of Hawaiian Culture, by Troy Kanuha

His Holiness talk with Princess Abigail Kawanakoa, the most direct descendant of the last queen of Hawaii, at Iolani Palace

His Holiness thanks a group of three and four-year-olds from Aha Punana Leo O Honolulu School.  The Children performed “Hele Au,” a song about their school sung in the Hawaiian Language, to welcome His Holiness to the Bishop Museum

His Holiness presents a khata to Princess Kawanakoa

His Holiness tours the Bishop Museum with Board Chair Allison Gendreau (right) and his translator (left).  His Holiness is wearing a lei of kou, or orange blossom, grown on the museum grounds.

His Holiness was presented with a Mahi’ole at the Bishop Museum.  In olden times Mahi’ole were symbols of high rank.

Virginia Hinshaw, Chancellor of University of Hawaii at Manoa and Robert M. Witt, Executive Director of Hawaii Association of Independent Schools welcomes His Holiness to the Stan Sheriff Center for his talk to students, “Educating the Heart”.

To listen to the Dalai Lama’s talk from Saturday, click here: Educating the Heart

Hawai’i Community Foundation to Offer Free, Live Webcasts of Pillars of Peace Hawai’i’s Dalai Lama Events

Messages of peace and aloha will be shared online with audiences worldwide

The Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF) announced today that three Pillars of Peace Hawai’i events featuring Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, will be available for viewing via live stream. The events offered online will include a talk specifically for students on April 14th at 11:45 a.m. HAST, a panel on Native Hawaiian culture on April 15th at 9:45 a.m. HAST, and a presentation for the general public on April 15th at 11:45 a.m. HAST. Because of support received from www.DalaiLama.com, HCF is able to offer these live streams free of charge at www.PillarsofPeaceHawaii.org.These events are part of the Dalai Lama’s three-day visit to O’ahu (April 14-16) where he will participate in a series of conversations with local leaders and visits to cultural and historical sites on O’ahu.

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“We will be streaming select events in real time so that people in Hawai’i and around the world have the opportunity to experience these extraordinary events as they unfold,” said Kelvin Taketa, president and CEO of the Hawai’i Community Foundation.

Talks to be offered online include:

Saturday, April 14 — Student Talk, “Educating the Heart”

Live stream starts: 11:45 a.m. HAST

Dalai Lama talk starts: 1:30 p.m. HAST

This event is for high school and college students and is focused on encouraging compassionate behavior in Hawai’i’s youth. His Holiness will discuss with Hawai’i students the importance of practicing tolerance, perseverance and persistence in everyday life. The event will also feature musical performances with messages on peace from Jack Johnson, Taimane Gardner, Anuhea Jenkins and more. Very limited tickets for the Student Talk are still available, please contact the University of Hawai’i Stan Sheriff Center Box Office at 808-956-4482.

Sunday, April 15 — Panel Discussion, “The Importance of Native Intelligence in Modern Times”

Live stream and panel starts: 9:45 a.m. HAST

His Holiness will participate in a panel discussion with Native Hawaiian leaders, including Dr. Pualani Kanahele and Nainoa Thompson. Panelists will consider the positive contributions of wisdom found in Hawaiian and other native cultures and explore Hawai’i’s potential for global leadership. The discussion will be moderated by John DeFries. This event is only available to the general public via the live webcast.

Sunday, April 15 — Public Talk, “Advancing Peace through the Power of Aloha”

Live stream starts: 11:45 a.m. HAST

Dalai Lama talk starts: 1:30 p.m. HAST

His Holiness will speak to the general public about the role of peace and compassion in daily life – aiming to spark discussion and dialogue in the community. The event will include musical performances with messages on peace from Michael McDonald, Amy Hānaiali`i and Henry Kapono, to name a few. Due to the enthusiastic response to this appearance by His Holiness, tickets for the Public Talk are no longer available.

The Dalai Lama’s visit marks the launch of a new HCF initiative entitled “Pillars of Peace Hawai’i: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha.” The program, supported by the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund, aims to bring global peace leaders to Hawai’i to exchange ideas about the many forms of peace that exist here at home in Hawai’i and around the world. The Dalai Lama is visiting O’ahu at the invitation of Pierre and Pam Omidyar. Support is being provided by a lead grant from the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund in addition to other partners providing in-kind and cash donations.

For more information about the Dalai Lama’s visit to O’ahu, please call 1-855-PEACE00 (1-855-732-2300), email info@pillarsofpeacehawaii.org or visit www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org. Pillars of Peace is also on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pillarsofpeace and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PillarsofPeace for up-to-date information. Please follow along using the following hashtag: #PEACEHI

ABOUT HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMAHis Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for Tibet and received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his “many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, nonviolence, human rights and religious understanding.” He recently won the 2012 Templeton Prize for his work in spiritually relevant scientific research. Author of more than 72 books and the recipient of numerous awards and honorary doctorates, His Holiness describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. For more information about the Dalai Lama, please visit: www.dalailama.com.ABOUT THE HAWAI’I COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

With 95 years of community service, the Hawai’i Community Foundation is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. The Foundation is a steward of more than 600 funds, including more than 160 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2011, more than $43 million in grants and contracts were distributed statewide. The Foundation also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector. Visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org for more information.

ABOUT PIERRE AND PAM OMIDYAR

Active philanthropists who are guided by their belief that people are inherently capable and basically good, Pierre and Pam Omidyar have committed more than $1 billion to help individuals improve their lives and ignite change across a variety of sectors and geographies. The Omidyars received the 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of the lasting impact of their work and generosity. In 2009, Pierre and Pam made an historic $50 million commitment to the Hawai’i Community Foundation to establish the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund, which is being used to launch several community initiatives. To learn more about the Omidyars’ commitment to Hawai’i and ongoing philanthropic interests around the world, go to www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org/hosts.