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Peace on Parade in Honoka’a


Taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance, jazz, rock & roll, hula, cirque performers and more—Honoka‘a town fills with color and music for the 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Starting at a new time this year to coincide with the official International Day of Peace and Peace Day in Hawai‘i, the Parade steps off at 4 p.m. from Honoka‘a High School, as a “moving stage” of music, dance, colorful costumes and fun entertainment with a message marches down Mamane Street.

Later, a free community Peace Day Festival takes place at the Honoka‘a Sports Complex from 5 to 8 p.m., with great local and ethnic foods, artists and crafters, live entertainment and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.

The Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist temple, producers of the annual festivities, is now accepting booth applications from community groups, food and other vendors for the Festival.

The Peace Committee is also planning the 5K “Peace Run-Walk,” “Read for Peace” programs in the library and school, a “Day of Mindfulness” and the popular annual Peace Poster Contest for students.

The contest is free to enter, and cash prizes are awarded to the winners in several categories.

The United Nations has been celebrating the International Day of Peace for more than 25 years. Peace Day became law in Hawai‘i in 2007 as a result of lobbying by the teen group, United Junior Young Buddhist Association.

Proceeds go towards community services, including educational programs, charities, environmental activism programs and various peace initiatives year-round.

The 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations.

The Peace Committee continues to seek additional support, information on sponsorship, contributions (including for the Silent Auction) and purchasing t-shirts.

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