For those of you who have not kept up with the different programs around the State on Peace Day, those of us who attended the Peace Day Hawaii Celebration at the SGI-USA Hawaii Culture Center on September 21, 2017 were incredibly blessed to see the program and to be a part of this Peace Day experience.
We did not know what we were in for but walked away incredibly humbled and awed by the program by the International Day of Peace and Non-Violence volunteers and coordinators. The program was called "Journey for Peace with Aloha, making Connections". The chairperson, Dr. Jeanne Lum presented the Peacemaker Award to Nainoa Thompson and to some of his crew. We got to hear Artists for Social Justice do beautiful pieces as well as heard Kumu Ramsay Taum remind those of us who live here what we represent to the world.
Hearing Nainoa Thompson speak of his "realities" as he rounded the tip of Africa after saying "no" to his Board who warned him to not take that part of the journey and was escorted by a "superpod" of hundreds of whales to safety kept us rapt in his journey. He said that he couldn't "lie to the people of Hawaii" that he journeyed around the world without going through Cape of Good Hope.
HIWA was there to provide information to the community about what we do. Somehow, we were transformed by this Peace Day and awed by the end of this day when it started out "just to provide some information to the community". We walked away with so much more.
Thank you to Jeanne Lum and her faithful volunteers and thank you for allowing us to be a small part of this wonderful day.
Laurie Hamano, Anne Noto, Francis Smith and Curtis Yoneda