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“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.”

Peace

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.

Peace

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.

 

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

 

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

Volunteers Who Found Love in the Peace Corps and Settled in Hamakua to be Honored at Peace Day Parade

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV’s) make up a very special demographic along the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast.  A recent Sunday afternoon “photo op” brought together seven couples from the area, all of whom met and married during, or as a result of, their service in Peace Corps.  They, along with numerous other RPCV’s, will be special honorees in Honokaa’s Peace Day Parade on Sunday, September 18, in celebration of Peace Day and the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary this year.

Peace Corps Volunteers

Pictured, L to R. Front row: Joe and Karen Clarkson (Pa`auilo Mauka); Patricia Andrade Stout and Andrew Stout (Ahualoa). Second Row: Jodean and Romel DelaCruz (Ahualoa). Third row: Steve and Jacinta Hanks (Pa`auilo Mauka), Gloria and David Myklebust (Pa'auilo Mauka). Fourth row: Bill Lichter (Kapulena). Not shown, Jane Lichter and Walter Mosch & Janet Goh Mosch (Pa'auilo Mauka). Photo by Sarah Anderson

Romel Delacruz, retired Executive Director of Hale Ho’ola and Jodean Delacruz, former principal of Honokaa High School, met on assignment in the Philippines in the 1960’s.

About the same time, David and Gloria Myklebust, both educators, met in New York City before their service in Cameroon, on Africa’s central western coast.  They’ve been told they are the first couple to be given permission to marry while serving in the Peace Corps.

Walter Mosch met future wife Janet Goh in graduate school in international studies at Columbia University, not long after Walter’s service in Cameroon, 20 years after the Myklebust’s (who coincidentally live next door).

Steve and Jacinta Hanks fell in love in Papua New Guinea during Steve’s service in the 1990’s.  They both teach at Honokaa High School, and have devoted countless hours to helping the people of Jacinta’s homeland, the Carteret Islands.

Other Hamakua residents with ties to the Peace Corps include Bill and Jane Lichter (Saipan), Joe and Karen Clarkson (Marshall Islands), Andrew and Patricia Andrade Stout (Ecuador), Theresa Lee and Stephen Oldfather.

What makes Hamakua such a “peace-full” community?  Hard to say.  The rural lifestyle of the former sugar cane plantation town is a factor; the island’s tolerance for families of mixed races may be another, as well as work opportunity at Honokaa High School, good weather for growing things, and a strong sense of place.

Romel Delacruz estimates that of the 200,000 RPCV’s since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961, 200 live in Hawaii.  Some RPCV’s trained in Waipio Valley, where a full-scale hamlet was constructed to replicate a Southeast Asian village.

In celebration of the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary, an island-wide reunion is planned for November 14-21, with events in Kona, Hilo and Waipio Valley.  For more information, visit www.rpcvhi.org.

The 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace steps off at 11 a.m. from Honokaa High School, and proceeds down Mamane Street.  With Taiko drums, marching bands, Bon Dance, belly dancers, jazz, rock & roll, hula and more, the Peace Day Parade is a “moving stage” of music, dance and entertainment with a message.  Concurrently, a Peace Day Festival takes place at the Honokaa Sports Complex 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.

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