Drumming for Peace in Honoka'a Town
We Got the Beat! We Got the Eats!
Community drumming and dining for Peace
HONOKA‘A, HAWAI‘I ISLAND—Every September, Honoka‘a town turns festive, with a
variety of events around the United Nations International Day of Peace. The schedule
includes activities for drummers, booklovers, musicians and dancers, young artists,
churches, and anyone who’d like to celebrate their ethnic culture as part of the fun.
The main event takes place at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 21, as the Peace Day
Parade entertains its way through town with an energetic rhythm that spotlights Taiko
and drummers of all kinds, along with bon dancers, cirque performers, singers, and
multicultural music and exhibits. This year, the parade will also include floats and entries
from Honoka‘a High & Intermediate School, as part of their Homecoming celebration.
The Parade ends at the Honoka‘a County Sports Complex, where the Peace Day
Festival takes place, starting at noon with the Honoka‘a Jazz Band. This popular event
includes food booths, silent auction, taiko drummers, magic, community bon dancing
and great live music. Admission is free and all are welcome. To apply to participate in
the Parade, or for a Festival booth, please visit www.peacedayparade.org
The Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace is organized
and produced by the Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.
Volunteers and contributions are welcome and encouraged. For information, visit
In addition, a free Community Meal will be served at the Honoka‘a People's Theater on
Saturday, September 21 at 11 a.m during the Peace Day Parade. This popular offering
first started last year when Ravi Singh approached the Peace Committee, requesting to
provide “Langar,” the traditional Sikh free meal to the community. That act of kindness
(“dana”) continued throughout the year as the Peace Committee adapted the concept
via the project which has become known as “Feeding Our Keiki and Kupuna.”
Since February, the Committee has provided a total of approximately 3,000 free meals
to the community at large, afternoons in the temple kitchen. Last year, Ravi and his
volunteers prepared and served 300 meals during the Peace Day Parade. This year the
Peace Committee, Reverend Bruce and Ravi have committed to increasing the offering
to 500 meals, consisting of vegetarian Indian food along with meat dishes provided by
the Buddhist Women's Association.
“There is a foundational purpose why sharing the bounty of food and Dharma friendship
is essential as we celebrate our shared humanity,” says Reverend Bruce Nakamura of
the Hongwanji. “All beings must take care of their bodies in order to move toward
attentive the path of spiritual practice and living. The community feeding offers all an
opportunity to do so without precondition or prejudice. Welcoming others to share in this
basic call to simply offer food to others, we shall be able to affirm our share-pathway as
gratitude to the wisdom of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas.”
More Peace Day events:
“Read for Peace”
Thursday, September 13, 5-6 p.m. at Honoka‘a Public Library
Book selection: “Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers” by local author Sarah Ackerman.
Based on historical events, Sarah takes a personal look at Honoka’a during the World
War II years, when soldiers, and one friendly lion named Roscoe, occupied the town.
“Wine at 5”
Friday, September 20, 5 p.m. at Café Il Mondo. A Blue Zones project with free wine
samples (while they last) and live music by the New Dharma Band.
“A Day of Mindfulness”
Saturday, September 28, 12:30-5 p.m. at Honoka‘a Hongwanji Social Hall
“The Path to Mindfulness, Finding the Silence Within,” presented by Gregory Pai, PhD,
Meditation Teacher, Broken Ridge Korean Temple, Oahu. Saturday, September 28,
12:30 to 5 p.m. Free and open to all, the event includes guided sitting and walking
meditation, followed by a Dharma discussion with Questions & Answers. To pre-register
early – space is limited. (Light refreshments will be served.) A Day of Mindfulness is
free, and donations, or Dana, as offerings of generosity and gratitude for the teachings,
will be gratefully accepted.
Gregory Pai, PhD, has practiced meditation since the 1970’s, in the Tibetan Buddhist,
Zen Buddhist, and Vipassana or Insight Meditation traditions. His teachers include
Cogyam Trunga Rinpoche, Robert Aitken, Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Spirit Rock
Meditation Center. Dr. Pai has taught at Kahi Mohala, Tripler Army Medical Center, and
Queens Hospitals, the Hawai‘i prison system, and the UH Center for Alternative
Medicine. He also served in the administrations of Governors Cayetano and Waihe‘e.
Currently, he teaches a weekly meditation class at the Korean Temple in Palolo Valley.
For more information, please visit www.peacedayparade.org email to
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