Honpa Hongwanji joins Martin Luther King Jr. Parade; shares messages of peace

Members of the Hawaii Federation of Buddhist Women’s Associations were joined by Bishop Eric Matsumoto; students, faculty, and staff of Pacific Buddhist Academy; members of the Junior Young Buddhists Association (Jr. YBA); and additional temple members in the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade through Waikiki.

Many parade participants in the Honpa Hongwanji group presented origami cranes to children and other festival-goers along the way, producing smiles of delight. Others carried signs and banners with messages connected to peace, Buddhism, and/or quotations from Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade 2018 - Hawaii Federation of Buddhist Women's Associations banner (click to enlarge)
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade 2018 - Share Peace signs and PBA buses (click to enlarge)

A Pacific Buddhist Academy bus accompanied the group, allowing greater participation — those who preferred riding to walking were able to ride the bus and display peace cranes out the open windows.

Thanks to all who joined in person and in spirit! This is a tradition that is sure to continue. Please join us again in 2019!