11th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace

Honoka‘a, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i hosts the premiere Peace Day event in the State of Hawai'i, and the only event of its kind worldwide, a Parade and Festival demonstrating unity in support of peace, compassion and awareness of interdependence.

Peace Day Parade!

Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. The signature Peace Day event, when Mamane Street will close for the "moving stage" of marching bands, taiko drummers, hula, bon dancers, cirque performers and multicultural music and entertainment.

Peace Day Festival

Saturday, Sept. 23, 12-2 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Student Peace Poster Contest

Students and teachers from around the globe will be urged to express their own interpretation of this year's Peace Poster Contest theme, "Together for Peace." Cash and other prizes will be awarded for various age divisions, plus "Best of Show." The contest is open to all students and homeschoolers.

For more information, contact Alicia Glover at 808-724-3373, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Teachers, please Click Here to provide us with your e-mail address so that we can contact you with details.  Entries must be received by Friday, September 15.

“Wine at 5”

a Blue Zones project at Cafe Il Mondo
Friday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m.

The Blue Zones' concept of "Wine at 5" suggests that people live longer when they take time out of their schedule to de-stress and enjoy socializing with friends in the community with good food and a relaxing drink. Cafe Il Mondo supports this concept with a special edition of their daily “Wine @ $5,” offering three select wines for $5 each, from 5-6 p.m., plus bonus samplings of wines from Blue Zones regions of the world.

Read for Peace

Thursday, Sept. 14, 5-6 p.m., Honoka‘a Library
Sponsored by Friends of Honoka‘a Library
Free and all are invited for an engaging conversation about the book “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival” by John Vaillant, an international bestseller that has been translated into 15 languages. Film rights have been optioned by Plan B, Brad Pitt's production company.

A Day of Mindfulness

“Resting In Awareness, Opening The Heart”
Saturday, September 30
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Social Hall

We are honored to present Mary Grace Orr, a widely respected meditation teacher to our community. Mary Grace has practiced Mindfulness Meditation (Vipassana) since 1983 and, prior to that, other western contemplative practices. She worked as a therapist from 1977 to 1995.

Mary Grace was trained by Jack Kornfield and is a member of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Teachers Council (www.spiritrock.org/teachers). More than 190 of her dharma talks can be found on the internet (www.dharmaseed.org/teachers).

The Day of Mindfulness will include guided sitting and walking meditation as the participants consider awakening and truth, take a mindful meal together, and participate in dharma discussions with Q&A.

From her home in Volcano on the Big Island, Mary Grace is often invited to lead meditation workshops and retreats on the mainland USA and worldwide. When she is on-island, she leads a Sunday morning meditation class at the Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus.

Participants are asked to bring their own lunch and a cushion. Chairs and additional meditation cushions will be available.

Please RSVP online, or call 808-775-1064. Free. Donations, or Dana, as offerings of generosity and gratitude for the teachings, will be gratefully accepted.




How To Contact Us

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1667
Honoka`a, HI 96727


Email & Phone:

Miles Okumura: (808) 640-4602
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The Peace Committee is supported by contributions from the Honpa Hongwanji Mission Buddhist Temples of Hawaii and is in need of additional sponsorship and contributions.
Honpa Hongwanji Mission

Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, PO Box 1667,  Honoka`a HI 96727  808 775-7232
The Committee is an affiliate of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii,
a registered not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.  Artwork and the words “United Nations” are used with permission.