7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of PeaceHonokaa, Big Island of Hawaii hosts the 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. New this year, parade steps off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013. 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 Honokaa 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.
Students and teachers from around the globe will be urged to express their own interpretation of this years Peace Poster Contest theme: Prepare for Peace. 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 13.
Peace Poster Gallery Display Reception
On Friday, September 13, 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.
Mindfulness for Peace in Your Daily Life, Sunday, September 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the beautiful old Hamakua Jodo Mission in Paauhau Mauka. Panelists/Meditation Leaders representing a group of different disciplines will present their approach to meditation and discuss the role of mindfulness in their own lives and the lives of those they teach, then lead brief practice sessions for participants. A mindful meal of delicious vegetarian food is included in the workshop fee of $25 per person. In order for us to provide accurate and adequate arrangements, please register by Friday, September 13.
Mindfulness is a practice of paying careful attention to what is happening in the present momentincluding sensations, sounds, smells, visual images, emotions and thoughts. It can be done any time, while engaged in any kind of activity.
Friends of Honokaa Library invite book lovers, avid readers and peace advocates to come and join their talk-story with light refreshments, Friday, September 19, 2013 at 5 p.m. at Honokaa Library. The book selection for 2013 is Sarahs Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay. This intense historical novel tells the story of a Jewish family uprooted from their Paris home in 1942, and the heartbreaking secrets that daughter Sarah carried with her to Auschwitz. Copies are available for check-out, or new and used copies and Kindle version on Amazon. (The childrens book selection is "Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes" by Eleanor Coerr.) Friends of the Honokaa Library will also generously offer an interactive book giveaway at the Peace Day Festival again this year.
Read for Peace Information and Flier coming soon.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
Run for Peace - Register at 2:30 pm for the 5K run/walk through town, just before the Parade starts. Have fun with friends supporting peace education. High school (and other) teams can use the event as a fund-raiser. (Details below.) The 5K Run for Peace begins at Honokaa High and Intermediate School, takes a long loop out towards Waipio Valley. Runners will lead off the parade at 4:00 pm, their route taking them past thousands in the parade audience. Valley and back. Cost is $25 per person which includes a Peace Day t-shirt with cash prizes to be awarded to division winners. Register in advance (see forms below) or on location.
12 noon to 3:30 p.m., PEACE IN THE STREETS - leading up to the Peace Day Parade at 4 p.m. , we're taking it to the street, with fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy the scavenger hunt with great prizesincluding $100 CASH--for those who visit Mamane Street businesses. Plus Jump & Slide inflatable bouncer, live music on multiple stages, and more.
4:00 p.m. The Parade! Stepping off from Honokaa High School, along Mamane Street and up to the County Sports Complex. Various stops and performances at narrator stands along the route.
38 p.m. - Peace Day Festival follows at Honokaa Sports Complex. Lots of food booths, crafts and community groups, live entertainment onstage including Honokaa High School Jazz Band, ringing of the Peace Bell, Bon Dancing for all to join and silent auction to benefit the Peace Committee. Plus Zoo Choo train rides and Jump & Slide for the keiki.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT OUR CALENDAR OF EVENTS !!