(BIVN) – The annual Peace Day Parade and Festival was held in Honokaʻa on Saturday.
According to the event organizers, who provided video of the event:
“Calling All Immigrants” was the theme for Hawai‘i Island’s 12th Annual Peace Day Parade and Festival in Honoka‘a town today.
Hundreds of people lined Mamane Street to enjoy the multi-cultural celebration, with Taiko drumming, Bon Dance, rock & roll, cirque performers and colorful costumes and music representing the island’s ‘melting pot’ culture.
The purpose of the event is to celebrate peace, compassion and global inter-dependence, and to remind people that Peace Day in Hawai‘i is September 21. The day was established through the efforts of a group of teens from the Hawai‘i United Federation of the Junior Young Buddhists Associations who lobbied Governor Linda Lingle in 2007. Hawai‘i is still the only state with a permanent Peace Day that coincides with the United Nations International Day of Peace.
The event is produced by the Peace Committee of the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Honokaa’s festivities join some 300 Peace Day events around the world to spread the concepts of peace, compassion and global interdependence.