“Peace Week” in Honoka’a – United Nations International Day of Peace September 18th

The United Nations International Day of Peace and global ceasefire is officially September 21, but on the Big Island, Honoka‘a town celebrates peace with a week-long series of thoughtful, educational, and fun events.

Prince Dance' adds color and style to the Peace Day Parade in Honoka'a Sept. 21. Photo by Sarah Anderson for the Peace Committee

Prince Dance’ adds color and style to the Peace Day Parade in Honoka’a Sept. 21. Photo by Sarah Anderson for the Peace Committee

Sponsored by the Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, activities for all ages include a student poster contest and gallery reception at C&J Woods, book talks, a 5K Run for Peace, meditation workshop, a large community festival with food booths, live music, magic, cirque entertainment and bon dancing.  The highlight of the day is the Peace Day Parade, now in its 7th year, starting at a new time, 4 p.m.

Also new this year is “Peace in the Streets,” produced in partnership with the Honoka‘a Business Association and Mamane Street merchants.  Happening just prior to the parade start, Peace in the Streets offers live music on four stages, a scavenger hunt through town with prizes for winners, Jump and Slide inflatable bouncer and train rides for keiki.

Special guests of the Peace Committee are members of the Sasaki ‘ohana from Japan, peace advocates related to Sadako Sasaki (“Sadako and the Thousand Cranes”), a little girl who became a peace icon after the bombing of Hiroshima.  Before she died at age 12, of radiation-caused leukemia, Sadako and her friends folded origami cranes, each with a wish for peace and healing.

Earlier this year, the Peace Committee launched the “199,000 Cranes” project, to gather 199,000 origami cranes in the next 12 months (one for each victim of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings).  In 2014, the cranes will be sent to Nagasaki and Hiroshima (to be placed with Sadako’s statue in Memorial Peace Park).

Peace Day Cranes

Peace Day Cranes

Groups and individuals committed to donating 1,000 cranes can apply for an invitation to participate in the parade at info@peacedayparade.org.   Others can volunteer to carry and display cranes during the festivities.

The 7th 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, and information on sponsorship, contributions (including Silent Auction items) and purchasing collectible 2013 t-shirts is available at www.PeaceDayParade.org or by email info@peacedayparade.org.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Friday, September 13.  Deadline to enter the Student Peace Poster Contest.  All students, grades K-12 are encouraged to enter their best expression of this year’s theme: “Prepare for Peace.”

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Throughout history, nations have worked hard to prepare for war, natural disasters and other emergencies—but how do people prepare for peace?  Cash prizes are awarded by grade levels, with “Best of Show” winning an overnight stay with parents at luxurious Waianuhea Bed and Breakfast in Ahualoa.  Entry forms for students and teachers available at www.peacedayparade.org.  Posters will be on display at the Peace Day Festival, where winners will be announced.

Friday, September 13. Peace Poster Gallery display reception. C&J Woods will host a reception and display of winning and other select Peace Poster Contest entries from previous years, 5-7 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served and the New Dharma Band will be performing. Various Mamane Street storefronts will also be exhibiting Peace Poster Contest entries from years past.

Sunday, September 15.  A day of “Mindfulness for Peace in Your Daily Life,” a group of meditation practitioners and leaders will introduce their different disciplines  via an engaging panel discussion, a mindful meal and small group meditation instruction and practice sessions.  The day-long workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the peaceful and historical Hamakua Jodo Mission in Pa‘auhau Mauka.  Cost per person is $25 including a delicious vegetarian lunch.
In addition to the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist perspective, participating meditation leaders include:  Father Walther Dettweiler, Retired Episcopal Minister, Kamuela; Ruth Bernaert, Yoga and Meditation teacher, Ahualoa; Kathleen Golden, Vipassana Meditation teacher, Volcano; Amelia Walker, follower of Thich Nhat Hahn’s Order of Interbeing, and panelists representing other meditation perspectives to be announced.  Registration forms are available online at www.peacedayparade.org, or call 775-1064.  Advance registration is required by Friday, September 13.

Thursday, September 19.  “Read for Peace,” presented in partnership with Friends of Honoka‘a Library, takes place at 5 p.m. in the Library, with good conversation over light refreshments.  The book selection for 2013 is “Sarah’s Key,” by Tatiana de Rosnay.  Friends of the Honoka‘a Library will also generously offer an interactive book giveaway at the Peace Day Festival again this year.

Saturday, September 21, Peace Day

“Peace in the Streets.”  From 12 noon to 3:30 p.m., early birds can enjoy in-town activities all along Mamane Street, with fun activities for the whole family, a scavenger hunt with a $100 cash and other great prizes, the ZooChooTrain, Jump & Slide inflatable bouncers, continuous live music up and down the street  and more.

“Run for Peace.”  Register at 2:30 p.m. for a fun run/walk through town, just before the Parade starts.  A great way for runners to show support for Peace Day and share the experience with friends, the 5K Run for Peace route begins at Honoka‘a High and Intermediate School, takes a long loop out towards Waipi‘o Valley and back.  Cost is $25 per person which includes a Peace Day t-shirt with cash prizes to be awarded to division winners.  Entry fee will be waived for high school cross-country runners or teams can use the event for fund-raising.  For information or to register in advance, visit www.peacedayparade.org

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

PEACE DAY PARADE.  Stepping off at 4 p.m., the 7th Annual Parade for the United Nations International Day of Peace has been called a “moving stage” of music, dance and entertainment-with-a-message, as 30+ performing acts, floats, robots and special guests march, drum, dance, play and sing their way from Honoka‘a High and Intermediate School down to Mamane Street and up to the County Sports Complex.

World Peace DayThis year’s highlights include clowns, unicyclists, stilt-walkers and costumed cirque performers from Hiccup Circus, colorful Prince Dance troupe, a magician, a tribute the 75th reunion of Honokaa High School’s Class of 1938, the dynamic drums of Ryukyukoku Daiko Kohala and thousands of origami cranes to honor Sadako’s family, special guests of the Peace Committee.

PEACE DAY FESTIVAL.  From 5-8 p.m., immediately after the Parade, the Peace Day Festival fills the County Sports Complex with action, food booths, fun activities and great entertainment onstage, kicked off by the Grammy-winning Honoka‘a Jazz Band.  Rev. Kosho Yagi will start the festivities with ringing of the peace bell, followed by more music, hula, the Magic and Comedy of Bruce Meyers, the amazing tricks and talents of Hiccup Circus and more.  Family activities include ZooChooTrain rides, Jump & Slide bouncers, games, numerous food, instruction on crane folding and other craft and info booths, giveaways of bicycle safety helmets and peace books, Silent Auction to benefit the Peace Committee and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.  This is a drug and alcohol free event. No coolers please.

World Peace Parade

The 7th 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, and information on sponsorship, contributions (including Silent Auction items) and purchasing collectible 2013 t-shirts is available at www.PeaceDayParade.org or by email info@peacedayparade.org.

A “MOVING STAGE” – Peace on Parade in Honoka‘a

Taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance, jazz, rock & roll, hula, cirque performers and more—Honoka‘a town fills with color and music for the 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Peace DayStarting at a new time this year to coincide with the official International Day of Peace and Peace Day in Hawai‘i, the Parade steps off at 4 p.m. from Honoka‘a High School, as a “moving stage” of music, dance, colorful costumes and fun entertainment with a message marches down Mamane Street.

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Afterwards, a free community Peace Day Festival takes place at the Honoka‘a Sports Complex from 5-8 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 Hongwanji Buddhist temple, producers of the annual festivities, is now accepting booth applications from community groups, food and other vendors for the Festival.

2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

The Peace Committee is also planning the 5K “Peace Run-Walk,” “Read for Peace” programs in the library and school, a “Day of Mindfulness” and the popular annual Peace Poster Contest for students.  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

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

The United Nations has been celebrating the International Day of Peace for more than 25 years, and 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.

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The 7th 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, information on sponsorship, contributions (including for the Silent Auction) and purchasing t-shirts is available at www.PeaceDayParade.org or by email info@peacedayparade.org.

 

International Peace Day Parade & Festival This Weekend in Honoka’a

Honokaa town is ramping up the 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Sunday, September 18, 2011.  Stepping off at 11 a.m. from Honokaa High School, the Peace Day Parade is a “moving stage” of Taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance, belly dancers, robots, jazz, rock & roll, hula, a circus and more entertainment with a message.

Special honorees for the 2011 Peace Day events will be Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV’s), in celebration of Peace Day and the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary this year.  At least eight couples (our “lovebirds”), all of whom met and married during, or as a result of, their service in Peace Corps, have chosen to make their home in the Hamakua District.  They, along with numerous other RPCV’s, will be special honorees in the Peace Day festivities.

Before and after the Parade, a Peace Day Festival takes place at the Honokaa Sports Complex 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with great local and ethnic foods, artists and crafters, live entertainment, numerous governmental agencies from the Rural Outreach Services Initiative and a large Bon Dance for everyone to join. Featured entertainment includes John Keawe, Terminal Circus, Honokaa High School Jazz Band, Ryukyukoku Matsuri taiko group, and an open community bon dance session.

In addition, the 1st Annual “Run for Peace,” a 5K/3.1-mile run open to everyone, will start at 10:45 a.m., from the Honokaa High School Football Field.  Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.  Entry Fee of $15 includes “Peace Day Parade” T-shirt. (For high school cross-country teams, special terms and conditions apply.)  $100 cash prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female finishers and $50 for the best Peace costume.  For more information, please visit www.peacedayparade.org or contact Jim Atkins, steelsprings@yahoo.com, 962-0110.

Peace-related events continue throughout the month of September.  On Thursday, September 22, the Sakura Ensemble will perform a concert of peace music at “Read for Peace,” Honokaa Library at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of Hamakua Libraries and the Peace Committee.

And, from now to September 29, the Wailoa Art & Cultural Center in Hilo hosts an exhibit of children’s Peace Posters in its Fountain Gallery, open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free. (For additional information about the Center please call 933-0416 or email wailoa@yahoo.com).

The 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace 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) CPEP and the Social Concerns Committee of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

For more information visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org

First Annual “Run for Peace” to be Held in Conjunction with International Peace Day Festivities in Honoka’a

2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

The Peace Day Festivities in Honoka‘a Town on Sunday, September 18, will include the 1st Annual Peace Parade “Run for Peace.”  A 5K/3.1-mile run open to everyone, the event is sponsored by the Peace Committee, producers of the 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Honoka‘a High and Intermediate School football field.  The Peace Run begins just before the parade and the route will take the runners before the entire audience of thousands waiting for the parade.

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

$100 cash prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female finishers and $50 for the best Peace costume.  Entry Fee of $15 includes “Peace Day Parade” T-shirt. (For high school cross-country teams, special terms and conditions apply.)  For more information, please visit www.peacedayparade.org or contact Jim Atkins, steelsprings@yahoo.com, 962-0110.

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

The Peace Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Honoka‘a High School, down Mamane Street and up to the Honoka‘a Sports Complex where the Festival takes place.  A “moving stage” of music, dance and entertainment with a message, the parade features taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance, jazz, rock & roll, hula and more.  Concurrently, a Peace Day Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with great local and ethnic foods, artists and crafters, live entertainment and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Other Peace Day events include support programs for the Carteret Atoll education projects, the 2011 Peace Poster Contest and a concert by the Sakura Ensemble at Honoka‘a Library at 6 p.m. September 22, sponsored by the Friends of Hamakua Libraries and the Peace Committee.  Detailed information is available at www.peacedayparade.org or Facebook.

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

The 5th 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 County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development (Tourism Division) CPEP and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s Social Concerns Committee.   For more information visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org

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