WAILUA — In the name of peace, doves were set free to fly Sunday at Lydgate Park.
Many of the estimated 200 people in attendance cheered as the white birds flew away as part of the International Day of Peace celebration sponsored by the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai.
Music, dancing and speeches highlighted the gathering on a cloudy afternoon.
Jim Jung spoke of Sadako Sasaki, the young person who passed away at 12 years old after being affected by radiation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
Following the tale of Sadako, Jung passed out paper cranes he made from recycled pages of the U.S. Coast Guard manual and inspection forms.
“Sadako made her cranes from recycled paper she found, or received from people in the hospital. We would never want to repeat such a tragic event in the future,” Jung said. “We folded paper cranes and sent our wishes to the world.”
Other peace events are coming up.
Lihue Hongwanji will host a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
A half-mile candlelight Peace Walk is scheduled at 6:45 pm. Wednesday at the Children’s Garden for Peace at the Storybook Theater and ending with the ringing of the Kauai Soto Zen Temple bell and taiko drums on the lawn of the Kauai Soto Zen Temple. An international potluck starts the evening celebration at 5 p.m. at The Storybook Theater.
The Garden Island
with guest speakers and a performance by Janet Carafa of American Mime Theater.