Walking for peace

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mark Jeffers of the Storybook Theatre of Hawaii, standing far left, leads the parade past the Kannon Peace Statue and Kauai Living Treasure Arnold Meister Saturday during the Peace Day festivities at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Peace Day and International Peace Day banners welcome the parade to the Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji in Hanapepe Saturday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mark Jeffers of The Storybook Theatre of Hawaii pauses the parade at the Hanapepe park behind the fire station so parade participants can express their individual peace wishes Saturday during the Peace Day festivities that ended at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Parade participants cross the old Hanapepe River bridge to connect the two Kauai icons of peace Saturday during the Peace Day celebration at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The bust of the late U.S. Sen. Sparky Matsunaga in Sparky’s Garden looks down on participants preparing for the Peace Day parade from the Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe Saturday. Another Peace Day event presented by the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai takes place today at the Lydgate Park main pavilion from 2 to 4 p.m.

HANAPEPE — Nancy Bailey of Berkeley, California, knew that Saturday was International Peace Day. She just needed to know where there were events taking place.

“They told us about this during orientation this morning,” Bailey said. “There has to be a better way than war.”

That was the premise of the late U.S. Sen. Spark Matsunaga, one of the Kauai icons of peace being celebrated in Hanapepe during the Peace Day festivities taking place before several hundred people at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji.

Bailey was part of the parade from the Storybook Theatre of Hawaii to the temple that was designed to connect the two Kauai icons, the other being the Rev. Koichi Miyoshi, who was the resident minister at the temple when the World Peace Kannon Statue was erected next to the Bohdi Tree.

Jim Jung struck the church gong on the arrival of the peace walkers, who paused at the park behind the Hanapepe fire station to express their individual peace messages.

“I had the honor of striking the gong in Hiroshima,” said Jung. “I’m leaving early so I can take in the Peace Day candlelight vigil at the Lihue Hongwanji temple.”

The gathering featured performances from Taiko Kauai, Kauai Voices, the Bailes de Jose with Steven Domingo and Jose Bulatao, and hula performances by Ka Pa Hula o Hinano with kumu hula Troy Lazaro.

Arnold Meister, emcee for the event, said we gather to celebrate not only peace, but the international climate strike event Friday, and Matsunaga.

Eleele School fourth-grade students created strings of peace origami tsuru, or cranes, did expressions of peace during their instruction on Matsunaga, and were on hand to help during the festivities, where a portion of the proceeds will help the class with planned excursion.

1 Comments
  1. Mark Jeffers September 22, 2019 11:26 am Reply

    What a very exciting event last evening on the International Day For Peace.
    Our World is sure hurting for Peace right now, especially because of changes
    to our Earth brought on by the activity of People. It is a good thing that the
    children can see adults seriously creating such an activity with them and learning
    to express themselves toward this urgent goal.


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