Press Release


Friday, August 11, 2017

Media Contact: Jeannie Lum, 808 226-3637

Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Peace Day Hawai`i

What:     In 2007, Hawai`i Act 23, declared:

“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 United States to join more than 200 countries in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace and Non-Violence that was established by a unanimous UN resolution in 1981. We celebrate our 10th anniversary Peace Day Hawaii with the theme “Journey for Peace with Aloha: Making Connections” befitting to our Distinguished Peacemaker Awardee, Nainoa Thompson and his crew.

When:        Celebration on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2:00-7:30 pm

                Free and open to the public.

Where:       Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Culture Center, 2729 Pali Highway, Honolulu.

                Limited parking is available on site. Participants are urged to carpool or use public                                   transportation. (Bus stops are located in front of and across the street from the                               center and are serviced by TheBus routes 4, 55, 56, 57, 57A and 65.)

Who:          Peace Day Hawai`i is an all-volunteer event that brings together individuals, families,                                groups, organizations, and public and private institutions in a united effort to share                          ideas, practices and ways of living to bring peace into our lives, our communities,                              our Hawai`i and our world.

Peace Day Hawai`i2017

United Nations International Day of

Peace and Nonviolence

Highlights for Peace Day Hawai`i 2017:

The event will include educational workshops and activities, music and dance entertainment, and peace-related educational resource booths for various organizations to engage with the public, children, families, and students of all ages.

The overall framework for Peace Day Hawai`i covers five areas:

o Cultivating peace within,

o Peace in relation with others (and all species),

o Peace by sustaining the environment (natural and man-made),

o Peace with all cultures (unity in diversity), and

o Peace in spirituality (beliefs and values).

Panel presentations and workshops will fall within these areas, highlighting the idea that our island community can provide the world with insight on how to build peace by forging a foundation of sustainability and shared natural resources that contribute to human dignity.

They will also incorporate the UN International Day of Peace and Nonviolence theme: “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” with a focus on improving conditions for migrants and refuges.

The awards ceremony will include Nainoa’s acceptance speech and recognition of his crew, as well as, musical and dance performances, student groups, and other speakers.


2:00 pm        Event starts (information booths, displays and activities)

3:00-5:30 pm       Workshops and panel discussions (information booths, activities and displays                                  continue)

6:00- 7:30 pm       Peace Day Hawai`i Program (speakers, awards, youth performances)

For more information and workshop/panel topics: