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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.

 

Results From the 5th Annual Peace Day Parade & Festival

The peaceful plantation town of Honoka’a was filled with people celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace on Sunday, during its 5th Annual Peace Day Parade & Festival.  More than a thousand gathered to enjoy the lively “moving stage” of music, floats and entertainment with a message–as marching bands, Taiko drummers, bon dancers, cirque performers, hula halau and more, joined together in the spirit of peace.

Honoka'a Peace Parade

Peace Corps honored.  Special honorees for the Parade were about 30 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV’s) from the Big Island, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Peace Corps.  At least eight “Peace Corps couples” residing in the Honoka’a/Hamakua area found love and married during, or as a result of, their service. Elene Hertweck, from the San Francisco Region Peace Corps office was on hand for the festivities.  Hertweck served two times, in the Ukraine and in South Africa, both after she reached the age of 60.  “We have no upper age limit,” she said.  “The oldest volunteer is 84… This is a way to serve your country and learn about another culture, share your skills and have an adventure!”

Honoka'a Peace Parade

Run for Peace.  Sunday’s events also included the first annual 5K “Run for Peace.”   Top finishers for the men:  Billy Barnett at 17:22 (20-29), Jason Braswell at 17:53 (30-39), Lyman Perry at 18:50 (40-49), Tony Connors at19:34 (15-19).  For the women:  Heidi Schmidgall at 26:15 (20-29), Elizabeth Aguirre at 31:27 (15-19), Abigail Andrade at 31:28 (under 15).

A Peace Day Festival following the Parade featured food booths and entertainment by the Honoka’a High School Jazz Band, John Keawe and others, a performance by Terminal Circus and a large community Bon Dance that filled the field.

Tradition of peace.  The Festival program began with a message from Rev. Marcia Hartsock of the Honoka’a United Methodist Church, a ceremonial chant and bell-ringing by Rev. Kosho Yagi of Honoka’a Hongwanji and the release of white peace doves.  Rev. Eric Matsumoto, Bishop of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and Former Minister of the Honoka’a, Kamuela, Pa’auilo and Kohala Hongwanji Buddhist Temples, addressed the audience of about 1,000.  “So today, we gather for the purpose of nurturing peace in our hearts and minds, our local community of Honoka’a and the Big Island and the whole world,” said Matsumoto.  “I would like to close by expressing my appreciation to the Honoka’a Community for hosting this event, the entire Big Island Community for your participation and support of nurturing peace in our world.”

Peace Poster Contest.  Also during Festival, winners of the annual student Peace Poster Contest were announced.  They are:

K-3: Chloe Salom, 2nd grade, Ha’aheo School

4-6 grade
3rd  Place: Latrece Fernandez, 6th grade, Pa’auilo School
2nd Place: Xyan Ancheta, 6th grade, Pa’auilo School
1st Place: Seira Gleason, 6th grade, Pa’auilo School

7-8 grade
3rd Place (tie): Kristopher Nobriga, 8th grade, and Tyanna Aranaydo, 7th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School
2nd Place: Kamea Phenicie, 8th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School
1st Place: Jacie Carvalho, 7th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School

9-12 grade
3rd Place: Shelby Bakin, 9th grade, Pa’auilo School
2nd Place: Saysha Cadabona, Pa’auilo School
1st Place:  Shrone Baton, Pa’auilo School

Sponsor prize, presented by Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast:  Donalyn Kaneo, 8th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School

Honoka'a Peace Parade

The 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace is 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 Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development County Product Enrichment Program grant and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Social Concerns Committee.

The Peace Committee depends upon the community’s help and support for the continued success of the parade and festival annually.  The goal is to engage in and support activities year-round to promote peace, compassion and awareness of universal interdependence.  Contributions can be made as tax deductible donations, purchases of t-shirts and various sponsorship packages.  Call 808-640-4602 or visit www.peacedayparade.org.

Childrens Peace Poster Exhibit at Wailoa Art and Cultural Center

The Wailoa Art & Cultural Center in Hilo will open a colorful new exhibit of creative children’s Peace Posters on Friday, September 2, in its Fountain Gallery.  Selected from hundreds of entries from previous years, the collection is provided by the Peace Committee of Honokaa Honpa Hongwanji as an outreach for their annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace (taking place this year on Sunday, September 18).

An opening reception on September 2 kicks off the exhibit, from 5-7 p.m.  The public is invited to come and enjoy the children’s posters and meet some of the artists and their families.  Afterwards, their work will be on display from September 2-29, 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).

This year’s 2011 Peace Poster Contest welcomes entries from students in grades kindergarten through 12, willing to take time to express their thoughts on the theme “Peace means…” by Friday, September 9, 2011. 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

On Sunday, September 18, the Peace Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Honokaa High School and down Mamane Street.  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 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 Peace Committee is also planning its first ever 5K “Peace Run,” (Details coming soon to www.peacedayparade.org), support programs for the Carteret Atoll education projects, and other peace-related events continuing throughout the month of September.

On Thursday, September 22, the Sakura Ensemble will perform a concert of peace music at Honokaa Library at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of Hamakua Libraries and the Peace Committee.

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 Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

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

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

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