Ha’aheo Lou Ann Guanson
has a long history in the advocacy and the teaching of nonviolence and reconciliation in Hawaii and the world. She teaches and trains children from three years of age to seniors in their nineties in peacemaking and nonviolence. She is an advocate for justice and reconciliation. Presently, she serves as the Director of the non-profit Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center located in Chinatown, Honolulu, whose mission is to create a culture of peace and nonviolence for the children of the world. The Center’s work include reconciliation, mediation, education, working with houseless, teaching Hawaiian spirituality in prisons, Hawaiian sovereignty, using peace martial arts to teach self control and peacemaking, using the dance arts, such as hula, to promote the spirit of Aloha, and the study of ikebana as a cultural peace activity. Dr. Guanson also teaches at the University of Hawaii Manoa (UHM) for the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and the School of Social Work. She has been associated with the Institute for Peace since its inception, including past service as its Director and Associate Professor.