Birth of Baha’u’llah celebration set

WAIMEA — The Baha’is of Waimea will be joining the worldwide celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet Founder of the Baha’i faith, with public events this weekend at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center.

“Baha’u’llah brought a message of peace and unity to the world in the 1800s, and his vision to embrace the oneness of humanity, the oneness of religions and the oneness of God also included the principles for the equality of men and women, independent investigation of truth, agreement of science and religion, spiritual means for economic prosperity and universal education, and more,” said Elizabeth Hahn, chairman of the Baha’is of Waimea.

On Saturday, a Community Pa’ina and Kanikapila will begin at 6:30 p.m. Featured performers will be The G.O.A.T.S. (Larry Moore, Ron Coats, Tony Wichman and Miles Yoshida) and Bailes de Jose Dance Troupe. Dinner will be provided and everyone is invited to bring their instruments and dancing shoes.

Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., the celebration will continue with Keiki and Opio Day — for the young and the young at heart. Potluck lunch, arts and crafts projects, rock painting, music, and more Filipino dancing will highlight afternoon activities. All are welcome.

Every year, Baha’is all over the world celebrate two special occasions, the births of Baha’u’llah (born 1817) and the Bab (born 1819), the two successive prophets who are the central figures in the Baha’i faith.

Organizers say this year is particularly special as it marks the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, whose title means the “Glory of God.”

The Baha’i Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Its founder, Baha’u’llah, is regarded by Baha’i as the most recent in the line of messengers of God that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ, Muhammad and the Bab, a press release said.

The central theme of Baha’u’llah’s message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification into one global society.

The Baha’i Faith was introduced to Hawaii in 1901 and representatives met with Queen Lili‘uokalani in 1915.

Today, Baha’is throughout the Hawaiian Islands participate in interfaith organizations that build understanding and tolerance for diversity and offer devotional and educational services to their neighborhoods and communities.

Info: Elizabeth Hahn, 482-0133


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