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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

 

6th Annual “Peace Day” Parade and Festival Information

In what has become a most colorful yearly tradition, Honoka‘a town is busy decorating storefronts, building floats and making plans to read, run, walk, dance, draw, drum and otherwise celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace.  On Saturday, September 22, the 6th Annual “Peace Day” Parade and Festival steps off at 10 a.m. from Honoka‘a High School, with what’s been called a “moving stage” of multi-cultural and multi-generational entertainment.

Taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance groups, belly dancers, robots, rock & roll, hula hālau, costumed school groups and senior citizens all perform their way down the town’s main Mamane Street, and wind up  at the Sports Complex for the Peace Day Festival.   The Festival, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., features numerous craft and food booths, live music on stage, and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.  Featured entertainment for the Parade & Festival includes “Elvis,” Hiccup Circus, Honoka‘a High School Jazz Band, the Big Time R&B Band, Honoka‘a Seniors Women’s Chorus, The Hawaii Island Festival’s Royal Court, and Kea‘au High School Band.

The “Fastest Man in America.”  Special honoree for the 2012 Peace Day Parade will be one-time “fastest man in America,” Everett Souza of Honoka‘a, who as a teenager held the record in the 50-mile run during President Kennedy’s physical fitness challenge to America.  Souza completed the run from Hualālai to Honoka‘a in about 12 hours, besting U.S. Marines, college track teams and many others, and has good-naturedly offered to participate and encourage students to keep fit, 50 years later.

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Peace Poster Contest.  Peace-related events take place throughout the month.  Ongoing now, the Peace Poster Contest for K-12 students will accept entries until 6 p.m.  Friday, September 14. Posters are rated on focus and clarity of this year’s theme, “Aloha Peace.” Cash prizes for first, second and third places will be awarded by groups: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with winners announced at the Festival. “Best of Show” receives $100 and an overnight stay at contest sponsor Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast.  Entry forms at www.peacedayparade.org.  For more information, call 775-7232.

Read for Peace.  On Monday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to join an engaging conversation based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Peace Is Every Step, at the Honokaa library.  “Read for Peace” is sponsored by the Friends of Hamakua Libraries and the Peace Committee.

Benefit for GMO-Free Hawai‘i—including films, local-networking, panel discussion, food, and dancing to great reggae music by international recording star Marty Dread, with special guest “Big Time.”  Events take place Monday, Sept. 17, 4:30-10 p.m. at the Honoka‘a Peoples Theater.  Proceeds go towards GMO-Free Hawaii’s completion of the Documentary “With Love and Gratitude from Hawai‘i to Japan: Thank you for saying NO to GMO Papaya,” an international collaboration that will spread the message abroad of the fight to keep Hawai‘i GMO-free. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 for 18 and under with student ID before 5 p.m. show day, available at Taro Patch Gifts. For more information, call 775-7159.

Honoka'a Peace Parade

Day of Mindfulness, Forgiveness and Personal Peace.  On Friday, Sept. 17, prior to the Parade & Festival, the Peace Committee hosts a “Day of Mindfulness, Forgiveness and Personal Peace” at Kalopā State Park.  As opposed to meditation, “mindfulness”  is a practice of paying careful attention to what is happening in the present moment—including sensations, sounds, smells, visual images , emotions and thoughts.  It can be done any time, while engaged in any kind of activity, but the quiet natural setting of the forest promotes more complete relaxation and focus.   Guidance will be provided by Reverend Mary David of Mililani Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (Oahu). Registration fee of $25 includes a vegetarian lunch.  Please contact info@peacedayparade.org to sign up, as advance registration is required.

Run/Walk for Peace.  The 2nd Annual “Run/Walk for Peace,” a 5K run or 2-mile walk open to everyone, will start at 9:00 a.m. from the Honoka‘a High School Football Field—prior to the Parade on Saturday, September 22, with check-in 8:15-8:45 a.m. Entry Fee of $20 includes “Peace Day Parade” T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded top finishers.  For more information, please visit www.peacedayparade.org

Global connections.  This year’s events will have international ties, partnered with concurrent Peace Day concerts and activities around the world via live streaming video.  These include: One Day One Dance, a program of founder Jeremy Gilley’s organization Peace One Day, and Playing for Change Day, a global multimedia musical project taking place on the same day, September 22.  The Peace Committee is proud to be part of these initiatives and encourages readers to learn more and support their good works.

The 6th 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. Major financial support has been provided by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai’i Committee on Social Concerns.  For more information visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org

Kona Peace Day Debuts With Host of Activities

In conjunction with the annual United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21, the Pacific Rim Education Foundation (PREF) is organizing an inaugural Kona Peace Day with a list of suggested personal activities and free public events to help “nurture a culture and community of peace in Kona.”

“Like its worldwide counterpart, Kona Peace Day provides one day for people around the world to focus their attention on the idea of peace and to undertake actions in their own lives that promote that ideal,” says Farley Jones, director of PREF. “We hope folks in Kona will not only do their own thing to promote peace, but also come to Kona Peace Day activities and inspire others by sharing their actions.”

The first annual, all-day Kona Peace Day begins at noon HST Sept.  21 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. Also, Jones says a number of Kona houses of worship will ring their bells at noon.

PREF—a Hawaii-based, non-profit organization that supports education and activities that nurture love, wisdom and peace—suggests that Peace Day participants undertake a small act of Service for Peace for someone in their immediate environment—whether a family member, co-worker or stranger.

Other suggested Peace Day activities include reaching out to someone with whom you have had difficulty in a Reconciliation for Peace. As another activity, participants are encouraged to “listen quietly, openly and empathetically to a friend, partner or spouse.”

“For those who have their own spiritual practice, consider dedicating your practice on this day to the healing and reconciliation envisioned by Peace Day,” adds Jones.

Kona Peace Day 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.

“Peace Day offers the chance to build in Kona a microcosmic culture and community of peace based on small actions by many people,” details Jones. “Consider yourself as one who brings peace. We each have a role to play!”

PREF: The Pacific Rim Education Foundation sponsors educational programs, funds charitable activities and supports practices that nurture love, wisdom and peace within individuals and families, which promote understanding and connectedness among communities, and which foster wise care for the Earth. PREF is funded by the Hawaiian Queen Coffee Company (HQC); the Unification Church, founded by the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon; and by individual donors. For information, visit www.prefpeace.org or email PrefPeace@gmail.com.

 

Parade & Festival for United Nations International Day of Peace – Saturday, September 22, 2012

Taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance, jazz, rock & roll, hula, cirque performers and more—Honoka‘a town is tuning up and dressing up for the 6th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Saturday, September 22, 2012.  Stepping off at 10 a.m. from Honoka‘a High School, the Peace Day Parade is a “moving stage” of music, dance, colorful costumes and fun entertainment with a message.

Afterwards, a free community Peace Day Festival takes place at the Honoka‘a Sports Complex from 11 a.m. to 3 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 Honpa Hongwanji Buddhist temple, producers of the annual festivities, are now accepting booth applications from community groups, food and other vendors for the Festival.

Honoka'a Peace Parade

The Peace Committee is also planning the 5K “Peace Run-Walk,” (Details coming soon to www.peacedayparade.org), “Read for Peace” programs in the library and school, a “Day of Mindfulness” and the popular annual Peace Poster Contest for students.

The Peace Poster Contest welcomes entries from students in grades kindergarten through 12, willing to take time to express their thoughts on the theme “Aloha Peace” by Friday, September 14. 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

“For the last several years we’ve honored local ‘Honoka‘a heroes’ in the Parade,” said Peace Committee Chairman Mile Okumura, “And this year, we’re excited to feature Mr. Everett Souza, who, for one shining moment was “The Fastest Man in America,’ holding the record in the 50-mile run.   At age 14, he blew the competition away, and we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of that feat.”

The United Nations has been celebrating the International Day of Peace for more than 25 years, but 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.
The 6th 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. Go to their website for information on sponsorship, contributions (including for the Silent Auction) and purchasing t-shirts:  www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org

Hawaii Teachers Impact NEA National Assembly – 3 Million Members to Support “Peace Day”

The National Education Association today approved a New Business Item (NBI) at its annual Representative Assembly in Washington, D.C., urging its more than three million members to support the International Day of Peace.  Justin Hughey of the Hawai‘i delegation presented the NBI to the 8,000 delegates at the forum.

Nancy Porter (Iowa) of the Peace and Justice Caucus, and Justin Hughey (Hawaii), who submitted a New Business Item at the National Education Association Representative Assembly (Washington, D.C.) Drafted by the Peace Committee (Hawaii) and approved by the 8,000 delegates, the result is that the NEA will now encourage its 3,000,000 members to participate in and support the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21.

“If humans can figure out how to stop killing each other, we won’t have a problem funding a quality public education for every child,” said Hughey.

The International Day of Peace, September 21, has been officially recognized by the UN since 1981, and traditionally marks the opening of that body’s annual session.  The NEA, the largest teachers union in the world, stands for many of the same values that are part of the UN’s mission of peace. These include equality, economic justice, good health, and preservation of the environment.

“This is an example of how teachers in Hawai‘i and around the nation are making a difference,” added Wil Okabe, president of the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association. “From their classrooms, teachers can help build a nation with more respect and compassion for the welfare and rights of all people, as well as for the safekeeping of our precious environment.”

The legislature of the State of Hawai‘i, lobbied by the Junior Young Buddhists Association of teenagers in 2007, became the first and only state in America to have a permanent Peace Day. The Peace Committee of Hawai‘i and hundreds of other organizations celebrate the International Day of Peace throughout the world, yet it remains largely unknown to the general public.

Jeanne Clement (Honoka‘a High and Intermediate School) secured the necessary signatures needed for submission by Hughey (King Kamehameha III School). The NBI was drafted by Miles Okumura of the Peace Committee, assisted by Nancy Porter (Iowa) of the Peace and Justice Caucus. (www.neapeaceandjustice.org)  Okumura (Honoka‘a High and Intermediate) is a member of the Caucus and recipient of the United Nations Association of Hawai‘i “Peacemaker of the Year” award.

“As educators, we have the potential to make this world a better place by teaching the next generation the values of peace, compassion and awareness of interdependence of life,” said Okumura.  “100,000 teachers can reach 15 million future citizens every year with just one lesson plan a year. Over the course of our careers, we can raise and educate hundreds of millions of citizens.”

The Peace Committee produces the “Annual Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace” in Honoka‘a on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.  It is the largest and most elaborate celebration of its kind in the world, now in its sixth year.  Programs include peace education and activities such as the Peace Poster contest. (www.peacedayparade.org ).

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 Teacher to Receive State 2010 “Distinguished Peacemaker” Award

HHS student Gabriel Ramirez, Miles Okumura, band director Gary Washburn (Photo Catherine Tarleton)

Media Release:

Miles Okumura, a teacher at Honokaa High School and Chairman of the Peace Committee of Honokaa Hongwanji, will receive the 2010 Peace Committee Distinguished Peacemaker Award at a special presentation Tuesday, September 21, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The event, which is free and open to the public, includes performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band and slack-key guitarist Jeff Peterson, Okinawan dancers and a keynote address by internationally-known author and peace advocate Paul K. Chappell, whose books have been endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Okumura is being recognized for his valuable service with the Peace Committee, which produces the 4th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, which this year takes place Sunday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. in Honokaa. The Committee’s related Peace Day events take place throughout the week (see schedule below).

Stepping off at 11:00 a.m. from Honokaa High School, the Parade is a “moving stage” of music, dance, colorful floats and entertainers, marching down Mamane Street. This year’s Parade will spotlight “Elite Circus” and Hiccup Children’s Circus performers, award-winning taiko drum groups, Waiakea Warrior Marching Band, break dancers, hula, ukulele bands, a 22’ canoe, rock & roll music and pay tribute to the TKS ‘Ohana as special honorees for their 70 years of community service. Jerry Leggett and the “Peace Bubble,” who traveled over 100,000 miles across the U.S., will join the fun, as will “eco-superheroes” Green Power Girl and her friends, and a very special appearance by the elegant Royal Court of Hawaii Island Festivals—30 Days of Aloha.

At 12:00 noon, a community Festival takes place in the Honokaa Sports Complex, with food booths, crafters and a special edition Community Resource Fair, plus more music and entertainment onstage until 3:00 p. m., broadcast by live webcast linked with other concerts and celebrations around the world, via PeaceDay.TV to a potential audience of 17 million, according to organizers. Highlights include the award-winning slam poets of Youth Speaks Hawaii, Honokaa High School Jazz Band, Elite Circus and more. One goal of the Festival is to be a low or no-waste event. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Other Peace Day festivities include:
-The Peace Poster Contest. Winners to be announced at the Festival.
-Mamane Street shops and restaurants decorating contest. A fun way to raise spirits and awareness of peace.

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 Day After Peace,” award-winning feature length documentary by Jeremy Gilley who started the global movement for the U.N. Day of Peace. PLUS special talk-story presentation about Kilinailau (Carteret) Islands. Learn about the Earth’s first “environmental refugees” whose home will be underwater by 2015. Then, the film “Sun Come Up” tells the Islanders’ story, courtesy of filmmakers Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger.

SATURDAY, September 18
– 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. “Open Farm” at Mauna Kea Tea Company–partnering with Peace Day Parade in Honokaa to promote peace through tea—features a garden walk with focus on cultivating inner peace with natural farming and tea. http://www.maunakeatea.com/home
– 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 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. Free.
– “Art4Peace” Mar Ortaleza, Abled Hawaii Arts (aha!) presents a free Chalk Art event at the Botelho Building Saturday afternoon. Chalks, encouragement and applause provided free — a great expression for all ages. Free.
– 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Live Poetry Slam at Feel My Bean coffeehouse. Slam poets and seasoned slammers from Youth Speaks Hawaii perform their creations. Admission free; gourmet coffees and pupu menu available – please come and support our poets and our hosts!
– 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. In conjunction with the Poetry Slam, a special appearance and booksigning by Capt. Paul K. Chappell, internationally known speaker, author, peace activist and US veteran, endorsed by Archbishop Tutu.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19
– 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, ringing of the Peace Bell and release of doves. Large silent auction to benefit the Peace Committee.

The 4th 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 Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development CPEP and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii For more information email peacedayparade@gmail.com, visit Peace Day Parade on Facebook, or www.peacedayparade.org