8th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace

Honoka‘a, Big Island of Hawaii 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. New this year, parade steps off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Hundreds of participants from over 30 groups will perform or exhibit in a unique parade, described as a “moving stage” of music, dance and entertainment-with-a-message.  The Festival which follows in Honoka‘a Sports Complex will include entertainment and 40+ vendors and exhibitors.  Admission is free and families are encouraged to come and enjoy lots of live music, food booths, crafts, train rides, a “jump and slide,” taiko drums, magic, and a large community bon dance for all to join.

Keep visiting our website for updated information on participating in the parade and the festival.

Peace Concert

JUST ANNOUNCED – John Cruz will appear at The Peace Day Concert, Honokaa People's Theatre, Sunday, September 21, 7 pm.  Proceeds will benefit the Honokaa People's Theatre and the Peace Committee.  John Cruz will also particpate in the Peace Pole Installation ceremony preceeding the concert (6 pm).  Further details to be announced on this website, Facebook and Twitter pages.  See our promotional flier.  

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: “Peace in Action.” Cash and other prizes will be awarded for various age divisions, plus “Best of Show.” Click here for Instructions and Entry Forms.

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 12.

Peace Poster Gallery Display Reception

On Friday, September 12, 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. Various Mamane Street storefronts will also be exhibiting Peace Poster Contest entries from years past.   Music by the New Dharma Band.  FREE.

Day of Mindfulness

This year, the one-day Day of Mindfulness workshop will focus on FOUR PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF MINDFULNESS: (1) practicing mindfulness with children; (2) mindfulness practices for the dying and for caregivers; (3) mindfulness practices that can transform your daily life; and (4) harmonizing body and mind through breath awareness, body movements and mindfulness.  A registration fee of $29 per person includes a vegetarian lunch.  Due to space limitations, please pre-register by Friday, September 5.

Read for Peace

Sub-committee chair-person, Connie Fay,  Information coming soon. See details of last years event: 2013 Events

Read for Peace Information and Flier coming soon.


Suicide Awareness Walk, 8am registration. A community event to support families and friends and shed light on the subject of suicide. Free coffee, live music by Life in Pursuit. Contact 808 494 1829, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Peace Pole Installation Ceremony, Honokaa.
Peace Concert featuring John Cruz, 7pm.

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.