Peace Day Hawaii 2008


Aloha,

The Peace Day Hawaii 2008 was a success after a year of planning.  This was the second annual celebration.  I want to thank all the Peace Day Hawaii Committee members, volunteers, donors, and participants.

Sincerely,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

 

 

 

Peace Day Hawaii 2008 

Hawaii Convention Center

Sunday, September 21, 2008

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Peace Day Hawaii 2008 Program

Welcome by Co-Emcees Cameron Kubota of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and Ayesha Cooray of Students for Peace with Iolani’s Institute for Peace.

 

Co-Chairs of Peace Day Hawaii 2008 Committee

Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu and Ms. Ann Ishizu

 

 “Voices of Peace”

Hongwanji Mission School Choir

 

Introduction of Dignitaries

 

Key Note Speaker

Ms. Gloria Tumbaga

 

“Now Power and Good Vibrations”

Max Louie and Dani-One

 

Presentation of Peace Day Hawaii Award

Senator Matt Matsunaga

 

“Peace”

Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko

 

Remarks by The United Nations Association Student Alliance

Alexa Berman, Joni Caminos, and Daniyal Saud

 

“Joy Joy and Down by the Riverside”

A Class Act

 

Peace Video

Rotary Club of Honolulu

 

Candle Lighting Ceremony ~ “A Candle for Peace”

Hongwanji Mission School Choir and A Class Act

 

A Moment of Silence

Commemorating Peace in Hawaii

 

 

Sponsors and Donors

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A & B Foundation

Dean Foods

Hawaii Convention Center

Hawaii Lions District 50

Senator Gary L. Hooser

Na Lei Aloha Foundation

Olelo Community Television

Poi Pounder Hawaii

Projection Presentation Technology

Robert Rivero

 

Peace Day Hawaii

2008 Planning Committee

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Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu, co-chair

Hawaii House of Representatives

Ann Ishizu, co-chair

Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii

 

Candace Van Buren                Dr. B. Jeannie Lum

Business Owner                                                UH College of Education

 

Erin Fujimoto                           Georgette Deemer

Student Intern, UNA                             State House Communications

 

Ian Kitajima                     Jacob Chang

Oceanit                                                 Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii

 

Joanne Tachibana                  Joni Caminos

UNA – USA Hawaii Division                Pacific Forum CSIS

 

Lauren Zirbel                         Pamela Ferguson-Brey

Hawaii Food Industry Assn.                   Department of Public Safety

 

Pieper Toyama              Rene Mansho

Pacific Buddhist Academy                     Hawaii Lions District 50

 

Rep. Lyla Berg                        Reverend Mike Young

Hawaii House of Representatives           First Unitarian Church of Honolulu

 

Sen. Carol Fukunaga             Sen. Gary Hooser

Hawaii Senate                                       Hawaii  Senate

 

Sparky Rodrigues                  Thelma Dreyer

Olelo Community Television                   State House Communications

 

Dr. Rosemary Casey               Wayne Yagi

UH Office of Int’l  Education                Office of Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu 

 

Background

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On April 18, 2007, Governor Linda Lingle signed House Bill 345 into law as Act 23.  It established a Peace Day Hawaii to be observed on September 21 of each year by promoting peace programs, improving international relations, and increasing educational awareness of peace.  Hawaii is the first state to officially recognize the United Nation’s International Day of Peace, now celebrated in more than 200 countries worldwide.

 

House Bill 345 was introduced by Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu on behalf of the members of the Hawaii Federation of Junior Young Buddhist Associations of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.  During the 2007 Legislative Session, the bill drew enthusiastic participation from members and advisors of the Hawaii Federation of Junior Young Buddhist Associations and from many diverse groups including the Matsunaga Institute for Peace, Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, Wahiawa Lions Club, Hawaii State Teachers Association, League of Women Voters, Pacific Buddhist Academy and numerous citizens.

 

An ad hoc committee established in 2007 with members representing a broad cross-section of government, not-for-profit organizations and other participants from the peace education community have worked diligently to make this celebration possible.

 

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