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

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“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
-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 or visit

Terminal Circus Coming to Town for Peace Day Parade and Festival

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Peace Parade

The peaceful plantation town of Honokaa on Hawaii’s Big Island will join a global internet broadcast celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 20, 2009 during its 3rd Annual Parade & Festival.  Stepping off at noon from Honokaa High School, the Parade is a “moving stage” of music, floats and entertainment with a message, including the sensational twirlsport performers of “Terminal Circus.”

Peace Day Parade

Led by choreographer Annetta Lucero, Terminal Circus packs plenty of wow factor. Lucero, who began performing at the age of three, is an accomplished cirque professional, former member of the Cirque de Soleil talent bank, championship twirlsport gymnast and international choreographer.

Annette Lucero, *3 Time World Champion *6 Time US Grand National Champion *Congressional Cup Champion *2 Time Guinness Book World Record Holder *Cirque Du Soleil Talent Bank *Athlete

Annetta Lucero, *3 Time World Champion *6 Time US Grand National Champion *Congressional Cup Champion *2 Time Guinness Book World Record Holder *Cirque Du Soleil Talent Bank *Athlete

Her unique and inventive style combines the drama of theater with exceptional athleticism.  The Terminal Circus troupe will include acrobats, aerial artists, stilt walkers, keiki unicycle riders, a contortionist and the extraordinary “Cube.”  For information visit

Terminal Circus is only one of 30+ performing groups in the Parade and Festival.  Joining them are the extremely popular Honokaa High School Jazz Band, Pacific Buddhist Academy and Hui Okinawa Taiko Ensembles, Beamer-Solomon Hula Halau O Po’ohala, Waiakea High School Marching Band, KonaFM’s Tommy “Kahikina” Ching, Red Light Taxi, the Musasa African Marimba ensemble, award-winning “poetry slammers” from Honolulu, old fashioned rock and roll by Uncle Boogie and many more.

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The Parade starts and ends at Honokaa High School.  Step off time is 12:00 noon, and afterwards a community Peace Day Festival takes place at the high school from 1:00-4:30 p.m., with numerous local and ethnic food booths, artists and crafters, live entertainment and more.

The 2009 Parade and Festival are working to link with “Peace in Our Lifetime” and other international Peace Day celebrations and concerts around the globe in a live internet broadcast.  Originated by British actress and activist Lynne Hazelden among others, the collective concert plans to use a virtual reality website called “Second Life,” to link the music of Honokaa, Hawaii with concerts from the United Kingdom, USA, Brazil, Jerusalem, South Africa and others.  For more information, and to sign up for your free individualized Peace Certificate, visit

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“There is no similar event in Hawaii or any other state in the country,” said event chair Miles Okumura. “And thanks to technology, we have a wider opportunity to join the global community in sharing our support of peace, compassion and awareness of universal interdependence.  This is a very exciting time for all of us as we prepare to become the largest Peace Day commemoration ever.”

The United Nations has been celebrating the International Day of Peace for more than 25 years but the official Hawaii Peace Day was signed into law in 2007 by Gov. Linda Lingle.  The mission of the organizers, the Peace Committee, is to promote peace, compassion and awareness of interdependence.  Proceeds from the Parade and Festival go towards community services, including educational programs, charities, environmental activism programs and various peace initiatives.

The day before the Parade, Saturday, September 19, the Peace Committee presents a Honokaa Block Party with very special “Drums, Not Drugs” program to reinforce good choices for Hawaii’s youth.  “Drums, Not Drugs” features street performances by Native American, Hawaiian and Taiko drummers, plus the Sacred Women’s Drum Circle of Pahoa from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Also during that time, a unique street art event, spearheaded by Mar Ortaleza of the Abled Hawaii Artists’ Festival.

Saturday evening is a very special opportunity to see Native American Motivational Speaker Brian Frejo at the Peoples Theater.  After his talk, directed to Hawaii’s youth, he joins brother Quese IMC and their Native American Hip Hop Crew Culture Shock Camp for an unforgettable concert.  Also on stage, Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko Ensemble and the Native American drums of Pawnee / Irusca and more.  Tickets for the concert, $10 per person, help defray the cost of the program.

“Drums, Not Drugs” is supported by Healing Our Island, North Hawaii Drug Free Coalition, the Hawaii Community Foundation and others.  Your cash donation would help bring kids to the concert.

All of the artists at “Drums, Not Drugs” will appear along with Terminal Circus at the parade and festival.  At the festival they will be joined by the award-winning group of poetry slammers from Oahu, “Youth Speaks Hawaii.”

The 3rd Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace is 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 Social Concerns Committee of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

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Peace Day Festivities:

Saturday, September 19

3:00-6:00 p.m., “Drums, Not Drugs” Block Party.  Dynamic drummers onstage and street art event.  Free.

7:00 p.m., Brian Frejo and Culture Shock Camp in Concert at the Peoples Theater.  $10 tickets

Sunday, September 20

12:00 noon, Parade steps off from Honokaa High School.  Free.

1:00-4:00 p.m., Community Festival at Honokaa High School.  Free.