Peace Day is September 21: Join Honpa Hongwanji in Ringing Bells for Peace!

In the spirit of promoting Peace Day in Hawaii and throughout the world, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii invites the world to join in ringing bells for Peace Day on September 21, 2020!

Flyer and registration form available at

A youth wearing a mask rings the bonsho at Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission. Photo by Rene Mansho.
The bonsho (large temple bell) at Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission will likely be among the sites featured in the livestream event at noon on September 21. Photo by Rene Mansho.

At 12:00 noon on Monday, September 21, Bishop Eric Matsumoto will lead a minute of silence, honoring all those who have sacrificed for the achievement of peace. At 12:01 p.m., young people will ring bells from their local temples, churches, schools, and community organizations. Plans include streaming the event live on the Internet as well as a post-event video that may be enjoyed on-demand.

The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 and, since 2001, has been celebrated on September 21. That date is also recognized as Peace Day in Hawaii, thanks in large part to members of the Hawai‘i Federation of Junior Young Buddhist Associations who successfully advocated for the legislature to officially recognize Peace Day.

Please mark your calendars for this special observation of Peace Day 2020! Participation forms and additional information will be posted soon. Questions may be directed to Rene Mansho, chair of the HHMH Peace Day Committee, at 808-291-6151 or