The following article appeared in the September 2019 Goji, newsletter of Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin.
International Peace Day and Peace Day in Hawaii are recognized on September 21 each year. This year, Honolulu temples and affiliates will be bringing Peace Day awareness to VegFest Oahu, a festival of plant-based food and cooking in its fourth year at the civic grounds at Honolulu Hale. The 2019 festival happens to fall on Peace Day, Saturday September 21, and goes from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii will host a “Peace Day Lounge” in a 15’x15′ tent, featuring displays about Peace Day and Hongwanji, peace-related activities, and an informal setting to talk story. In addition, Peace Day will be recognized from the VegFest music stage — including words from the Bishop and a performance of “Golden Chain” by the Hawaii Betsuin Choir at about 3:25 p.m.
Please make plans to attend VegFest Oahu and drop by the Peace Day Lounge. While we share Peace Day and Hongwanji with the community at large, we in turn will benefit from the many learning opportunities, tasty and healthful food, and great music at VegFest Oahu. Some parking is available in the underground lot. See https://vegfestoahu.com/ for details!
– David Atcheson, HHMH Peace Day Committee member
Did you know it was Honpa Honwganji youth who helped secure recognition of Peace Day in Hawaii? The idea originated with the Oahu United Junior Young Buddhist Association (Jr. YBA of Oahu) and passed as a resolution of the Hawaii Federation of Jr. YBAs, urging lawmakers to officially recognize the day. A bill doing so passed in 2007 and was signed by Gov. Linda Lingle, making Hawaii the first U.S. state to officially recognize Peace Day.