4th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace

Honokaa, Hawaii hosts premiere Peace Day event in the State of Hawaii, and the only event of its kind worldwide, a parade and festival demonstrating unity in support of peace, compassion and awareness of interdependence. This year the parade will start at 11 AM on Sunday, September 19, 2010.   Hundreds of participants from over 30 groups will perform or exhibit in a unique parade, described as a “moving stage.” The festival which follows will include entertainment and over 40 vendors and exhibitors.
Keep visiting our website for updated information on participating in the parade and the festival.

Student Peace Poster Contest

Students and teachers from around the globe will be urged to express their own interpretation of this year’s peace theme. Cash and other prizes will be awarded for various age divisions, plus “Best of Show.” This year, teachers will also be receiving rewards. Instructions and Entry Forms coming soon.

Teachers, please click here to provide us with your e-mail address so that we can contact you with details.

2010 Peace Poster Contest information and Forms

"Peace Reading"  "Peace Teaching"

"Read for Peace" planned for Honokaa Library. Details coming soon. Open house and programs to encourage students and families to “Read for Peace." Children's craft activity will be provided.

New this year. We will also be sharing lesson plans for teachers who want to include lessons of peace in their curriculum throughout the school year.  Submissions are welcomed !!  Write us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Peace Poster Contest"  "Mamane Decorating Contest"

The Peace Poster Contest is  a great way to get kids "thinking peace," and prizes are awarded in four grade groups. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd place in all categories, plus Overall Winner receives a night at luxurious Waianuhea Bed and Breakfast with their parents. Details and entry forms here:

Mamane Decorating Contest Forms

Coming Soon!  Mamane Street shops and restaurants decorating contest. A fun way to raise spirits and awareness of peace.


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 Peace. http://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, by special arrangement with Sun Come Up, LLC. http://www.suncomeup.com/film/Home.html

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

- Open to everybody! Poetry slam workshop by Youth Speaks Hawaii at NHERC, 1-3pm! 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/

- "Art4Peace" We are working with Mar Ortaleza, with the Abled Hawaii Arts (aha!) group, to present afree Chalk Art event in a public space. Chalks, encouragement and applause provided free -- a great expression for all ages. http://www.cds.hawaii.edu/aha/events/09192009/

- A Real Poetry Slam at Feel My Bean, 5:00pm. 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/


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.

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.