2nd Annual World Peace Festival Features Grammy Award Winner Sonny Lim

County of Hawaii

In ancient times Moku Ola, also known as Coconut Island, was considered a safe haven, a place for healing and refuge.  Today, the Hawai’i County park hosts an array of events from family picnics, to celebrations of King Kamehameha.  A relative newcomer; the World Peace Festival, first produced in 2010, is scheduled for Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  “Moku Ola continues to be a sacred place, held in the hearts of many as a peaceful refuge.  It is the perfect location for the festival, a multi-cultural event dedicated to peace and harmony,” said coordinator Desiree Moana Cruz.

World Peace Festival

Hawai’i County is presenting the festival in partnership with the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association (HDIA) with sponsorship support from the International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP) assisted by Sokka Gakkai International.  The free family event offers a global line-up of Hawai’i Island talent including traditional Hawaiian Slack key stylings from Na Hoku Hanohano and GRAMMY  Award winner Sonny Lim, exciting percussion from Hui Okinawa’s Kobudo Taiko Troupe, fun Kachi Kachi  music performed by El Leo-The Jarican Express, riveting Tahitian dance and music of Merahi o Tapiti, a Chuukese warriors dance performance by members of Micronesians United-Big Island, and the dynamic UH-Hilo Samoan Club-Tupulaga o Samoa Mo A Taeao.  Soka Gakkai International youth and women’s division participants will also offer a range of cultural dances.

“We are featuring a wonderfully diverse line up of some of the best talent on the island for a entertaining and inspiring day full of peace and joy.” said Cruz.  “And there will be a free Jumping Castle and Water Slide for keiki, information booths, displays, artists and craftspeople selling their works plus a variety of ‘ono food booths.  The public is invited to attend.”

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