In 2007, House Bill 345 was voted into law as Act 23, declaring:

“September 21st of each year shall be known and recognized as ‘Peace Day’ to promote
peace programs, improve international relations, and increase educational awareness of peace.”  
Hawai’i, thus became the first state in the nation to officially commemorate Peace Day in conjunction with the United Nations Declaration of the International Day of Peace and Nonviolence.  We thank Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day, a non-profit organization based in the UK, who was able to convince members states of the United Nations to pass the resolution whereby at least one day of ceasefire and non-violence would become annually upheld around the world, called Peace Day.  Hawai’i joined more than 200 countries in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace and Non-Violence.  Today, it is estimated over 2 billion people have been reached around the world.


Since 2007, our tradition has continued with volunteers from community groups, professional organizations, students from educational institutions, artists, musicians, government service representatives, NGOs, non-profits and individual citizens uniting to show solidarity in their common goal to share and spread the values of peace in Hawai’i.  We do not charge vendors and we offer a free public event to touch as many lives as possible throughout the state of Hawai’i.

From the beginning, we have acknowledged the annual United Nations theme for this day and invited interested community members, guest speakers and featured performers to create a meaningful, educational, and fun event that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Over the past 10 years, our own perspective in defining peace has expanded side-by-side with the growing development and changing paradigm shifts in the field of peace education.  Today, our overarching framework for Peace Day includes 5 major overlapping and interdependent categories:

Peace Day Hawaii Framework

Figure 1 below illustrates five broad areas of our conceptual framework for envisioning and transforming environments for peace.

Dimensions of Peace Consciousness 


  • peace within (cultivating inner peace, health and wellbeing, human integrity)
  • peace in relation with others (mutual relations supportive of all human beings and all other species, expanding capacities that engender peace)
  • peace by sustaining the natural environment and ecology (caring for planet earth)
  • peace with all cultures (honoring cultural identity, embracing diversity as integral to evolving civilizations, local & global community interconnections)
  • peace in spirituality  (faith, religious, life purpose & meaning, cosmos, our humanity)

Peace Day Hawai’i invites participants to share their resources with the public for furthering the development of a peace consciousness in the creation of a culture(s) of peace in Hawai’i.

Developing a peace consciousness also embodies the development of a sustainability mindset for the 21st century. Our peace partners, thus, cover a wide range of groups and organizations in Hawai’i who look for creative alternatives to expanding our human and environmental capacity to sustain a healthy lifestyle and meaningful quality of life for all people.

Our peace framework encompasses the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals which we see as interrelated categories offering a multitude of ways in which individuals can take action in changing the world.

Recently, in January 2017, Secretary General Guterres told the UN General Assembly high-level dialogue, on “Building sustainable peace for all: synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustaining peace.” (https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2017-01-24/secretary-generals-remarks-general-assembly-high-level-dialogue-)

We need a global response that addresses the root causes of conflict, and integrates peace, sustainable development and human rights in a holistic way, from conception to execution….. 

It is important to recognize that the links between the 2030 Agenda and sustaining peace are found not only in Goal 16 on strong institutions and inclusive societies, but across all 17 goals. 

Development is an end in itself, and a central part of our work. 

But while sustaining peace is not the only aim of the 2030 Agenda, implementing all the Sustainable Development Goals will make an enormous contribution to sustaining peace. 

The best means of prevention, and of sustaining peace, is inclusive and sustainable development.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustaining Peace resolutions are our roadmap to a safer, more resilient and sustainable world.