Hokulea Takes Center Stage at the United Nations for World Oceans Day

Hawaii’s iconic voyaging canoe delivers messages to the Secretary General on behalf of the world’s oceans

Hawaii’s legendary traditional voyaging canoe Hokulea achieved the pinnacle of her historic four-year sail around the world at today’s United Nations (UN) celebration of  World Oceans Day: a global event focused on ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.

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This year’s theme of “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” encouraged individuals and organizations across the globe to take action in preventing plastic pollution in our ocean, with programming that featured the powerful and lasting presence of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

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“Captain Nainoa, I wish you and your entire crew a wonderful return journey,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who sailed on Hokulea in Apia, Samoa in 2014. “I count on your leadership and commitment as we carry out our plans to make this world safer and more sustainable for all. On World Oceans Day, let us renew our resolve to protect these marine treasures for generations to come.”

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In today’s morning ceremony at Gantry Plaza State Park, Thompson presented UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, and Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. with ocean protection declarations and messages of hope that the Hokulea crew members collected from their worldwide journey promoting sustainable oceans.

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Later in the afternoon, Thompson joined Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. and representatives of the Federated States of Micronesia, for a talk-story session on the UN’s Ocean Agenda and goals. The leaders also discussed development regarding the negotiation of a new legally binding instrument to protect biodiversity in marine areas in the high seas.

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After today’s events, Hokulea crew members will continue their outreach and engagement activities in New York, in which they will lead, participate in, and support the following events:

  • Thursday, June 9: Hokulea Storytellers Evening at Patagonia New YorkSoHo
  • Saturday, June 11: Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge

 

Peace Day Parade & Festival Wrap Up

The peaceful town of Honoka‘a was filled with people celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace on Saturday, September 21, during its 7th annual Peace Day Parade & Festival, “Peace in the Streets,” and other related events. Thousands of people gathered to enjoy the colorful “moving stage” of music, floats and entertainment with a message–as taiko drummers, bon dancers, cirque performers, rock and roll and kachikachi bands, hula hālau and more, joined together in the spirit of peace.

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Kohala and Waimea. Photo by Sara Anderson

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Kohala and Waimea. Photo by Sarah Anderson Photography

A Peace Day Festival following the Parade featured food booths and entertainment, begun with a ceremonial chant and bell-ringing by Rev. Kosho Yagi of Honoka‘a Hongwanji .  Music and entertainment was provided as a gift to the community by the Honoka‘a High School Jazz Band, Magician Bruce Meyers, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, the Big Rock band, the Hiccup Circus and others,  and a large community Bon Dance that filled the field of the County Sports Complex.

Gerald DeMello of University of Hawai‘i read a proclamation from Governor Neil Abercrombie, in which he pledged continued support of “initiatives that inspire and further the advancement of peace throughout the State of Hawai‘i and the world.”

Gerald De Mello reads a proclamation from Gov. Abercrombie. Sarah Anderson Photography

Gerald De Mello reads a proclamation from Gov. Abercrombie. Sarah Anderson Photography

The proclamation also quoted the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King: “One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.”

Sasaki family honored

Special guests for the Parade & Festival were members of the Sasaki family from Japan, whose sister and aunt Sadako Sasaki inspired the book “Sadako and the Thousand Cranes.”

The Sasaki 'ohana in Honoka'a. Sarah Anderson Photography

The Sasaki ‘ohana in Honoka’a. Sarah Anderson Photography

Sadako was only a child when the bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Although she survived the blast, she later succumbed to radiation-caused leukemia, but not before working to reach her goal of 1,000 origami paper cranes, each enfolded with a wish for peace and healing.   Nephew Yuji Sasaki, a popular singer in Japan, performed his song “Inori” in her honor at the Festival.

One of Sadako's cranes will be part of a permanent exhibit at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center. Others reside in New York at the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center at Ground Zero, and in Vienna at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution.  Sarah Anderson Photography

One of Sadako’s cranes will be part of a permanent exhibit at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center. Others reside in New York at the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center at Ground Zero, and in Vienna at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Sarah Anderson Photography

Earlier on Saturday, the Sasaki’s donated one of Sadako’s original cranes to the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center for a permanent exhibit.  Two others have been given, to the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center at Ground Zero in New York, and to the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Vienna.

“199,000 Cranes” project

The Peace Committee has taken on a year-long project to gather origami cranes and send as a “flock” to the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Museum in Sadako’s honor.

Peace Day Cranes

Peace Day Cranes

Featured on KITV news, the “199,000 Cranes” project aims to reach their goal by Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2014. To contribute cranes, please contact by email, info@peacedayparade.org.

Run for Peace

Saturday’s events also included the third annual 5K “Run for Peace,” directed by Sue DeLaCruz of Hamakua Health Center.  All runners received a logo participation medal and awards were presented to finishers as follows:

  • Overall Male and 16-18 Division winner: Tony Connors, 19:05
  • Overall Female and 16-18 Division winner: Hildhang Adona, 24:58

Age Division Winners:

  • 0-9 Male: Kyle Ignacio, 37:17
  • 10-15 Male: Chaystin Peters, 25:12
  • 19-29 Female: Amber Green-Weiss, 32:43
  • 30-39 Female: Nani Maloof, 30:19
  • 40-49 Male: Thomas Martin, 36:12
  • 40-49 Female: Kendra Ignacio, 37:19
  • 50 and up Male: Patrick Donovan, 31:40
  • Masters Male: Don Choquette, 39:15

Cash Prize Division:

  • Male: Seanry Agbayani, 20:38
  • Female: Nani Maloof, 30:19

Peace Poster Contest

Also during Festival, winners of the annual student Peace Poster Contest were announced. Led by artist Jay West, poster entries were reviewed for focus on the theme, “Prepare for Peace,” purpose, layout and design, drawings, mechanics, creativity and neatness.

Posters displayed in Honoka'a. Sarah Anderson Photography

Posters displayed in Honoka’a. Sarah Anderson Photography

Winners are:

K-3

  • 1st. Miami Minahan, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 2nd, Reina Moriguchi, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 2nd (tie),  Ocean Yagi, Honokaa Elementary School
  • 3rd (3-way tie), Samantha Allen, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 3rd, Kira Kumitake, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 3rd, Kaitlin Mercado, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu

Grades 4-6

  • 1st, Lyla Gonsalves, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 2nd, Brooke Peralta, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 3rd, Leah Delos Sants, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu

Grades 7-9

  • 1st, Mae Lee Solomon, Honokaa Intermediate School
  • 2nd, Terri Conner Honokaa Intermediate School
  • 3rd, Quinlan Mata Bishop, Waiakea High School

Grades 10-12

  • 1st, Joanne Bell, Honokaa High School
  • 2nd, Zoey Chang, Waiakea High School
  • 3rd, Tyana Yamamoto, Honokaa High School

Sponsor prize, presented by Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast: 

  • Brandee Samio, HHS
  • Megan Kauni, HHS

“Peace in the Streets”

From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Honoka‘a Business Association teamed up with the Peace Committee to produce the first-ever “Peace in the Streets” activity.

The Zoo Choo

The Zoo Choo

Musicians performed on four different mini-stages up and down Mamane Street; keiki enjoyed the inflatable Jump & Slide and Zoo Choo train rides and everyone had a chance to visit 21 participating businesses in town to win Scavenger Hunt prizes.

Winners were:  Oarlene Wingate -$100 cash prize, Clinton Branco, Alicia Togi-Branco, Stacey Emerson, Mitchell Echavez, Branalyn Juan, Kaylene Torres, Moses Decoite, Megan King, Karen Yagi, Gary Tomes Jr., Barbara J. Moran, Annie Pacana, Lee Watanabe, Debbie Filippai, Melanie Ebreo, Shyla Kailalani, Yoshie Yagi, Jordan Marlin, and Ocean Yagi.

Earlier in September, other peace-related activities included a rummage sale fundraiser for the Carteret Atolls relocation project, support of the “Aloha Peace” award presented to President Obama’s half-sister Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, a “Day of Mindfulness” in Kalōpā State Park, reception and Peace Poster exhibit at C&J Woods and the Friends of the Library’s “Read for Peace.”  The Peace Committee is open to all and new members are always welcome.

The United Nations has celebrated Peace Day since 1981. In 2007, as a result of lobbying by the teen group, United Junior Young Buddhists Association, the Hawai‘i State legislature and Governor Linda Lingle passed a law establishing September 21 as Peace Day in Hawai‘i.  Hawai‘i is the first and only state in America to have a permanent Peace Day.

The 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace was 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 Social Concerns Committee, the Seymour Stern Memorial Trust and other generous sponsors.

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The Peace Committee’s mission is to promote peace, compassion and the awareness of global interdependence by supporting activities year-round. It depends upon the community’s help and support for the continued success of the parade and festival annually.  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.

 

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

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.

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

The 4th Annual Honoka’a Peace Day Parade… The Picture Gallery

Yesterday was the 4th Annual Honoka’a Peace Parade and I was fortunate enough to get a chance to cover the events as well as the festivities that happened after the parade.

The parade was partially sponsored by the Hawaii Island Chapter of the United Nations Association.

After the initial police car came through leading the parade… The Cub Scouts from Pack 35 in Honoka’a lead the way.

After the cub scouts went by,  Steve Sparks (far left) and friends came by.

There were a lot of sweet rides in this parade:

As well as some cute ones:

The parade was about an hour long and included high school bands:

Local musicians like Brad Bordessa were aboard floats:

While a rock band played in the back of a flatbed truck.

I think the best thing about this parade is all the diversified groups and people that come together to put this on.

A parade wouldn’t be a parade here in Hawaii without a Royal Court and this one had it’s Royal Court as well.

Of course there will always be someone who tries to pull a fast one… I’ll have more on this character on Wordless Wednesday:

Feel free to click on any of the pictures above or below for larger pictures:

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

Honoka’a Peace Day Parade – More on Tap: Poetry Slam, Peace Advocate Author-Veteran, Chalk Art Street Event and Earth’s “Climate Change Refugees”

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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