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Kona Peace Day debuts with host of activities (Sept. 21)

(Photo courtesy of Pacific Rim Education Foundation)


Kona Peace Day debuts with suggested personal activities and free public events in conjunction with the annual United Nations International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.

The non-profit Pacific Rim Education Foundation (PREF) is organizing the inaugural event.

Kona Peace Day begins at noon with A Minute of Silence, A Moment of Peace. The action is part of a worldwide wave of persons spending one minute of silence at noon in each time zone. A number of Kona houses of worship are invited to ring their bells at noon.

PREF suggest participants perform a small act of Service for Peace by reaching out to someone in your immediate environment and contacting someone with whom you’ve had a difficulty in a Reconciliation for Peace. Also, consider dedicating you spiritual practice to peace.

Free public events include a 5 p.m. Yoga for Peace class led by Marya Mann on the oceanfront lawn at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Participants should bring their own mat or towel.

A Gather for Peace potluck dinner and discussion is 7 p.m. at the Kona Outdoor Circle, 76-6280 Kuakini Highway in Kailua. Bring a dish to share and enjoy a brief Peace Talk by Rev. Virginia Barnes of the Aloha Center for Spiritual Living. RSVP to Betsy, 987-6510.

In addition, peace enthusiasts can participate in the 22nd annual Candlelight Peace Walk 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. It steps off from the lawn at Huggo’s restaurant and proceeds to Kailua Pier.
Peace Day participants are encouraged to share their Peace Day efforts on Facebook at Prefpeace Pacific Rim Education Foundation.

The Pacific Rim Education Foundation sponsors educational programs, funds charitable activities and supports practices that nurture love, wisdom and peace within individuals and families, which promote understanding and connectedness among communities, and which foster wise care for the Earth.

PREF is funded by the Hawaiian Queen Coffee Company (HQC); the Unification Church, founded by the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon; and by individual donors.

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