Mahatma Gandhi Day and International Day of Nonviolence

Event details

  • Monday | October 2, 2017
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Gandhi statue in Kapiolani Park (beachside of the zoo), 151 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Shared at the request of Gandhi International Institute for Peace.

Gandhi Day 2017 flyer image

12th Annual Celebration of

Mahatma Gandhi Day & International Day of Nonviolence

Monday, October 2 | 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Gandhi statue in Kapiolani Park, beachside of the zoo

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

FREE. Everyone is welcome. If possible, wear white as a symbol of peace.

Free parking at the Waikiki Shell and metered parking at the zoo.

The Gandhi International Institute for Peace cordially invites you to celebrate the 148th birthday of one of the world’s great leaders, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. As a pioneer of Satyagraha (true resistance) through vast, nonviolent civil disobedience, he became one of the most important political and spiritual leaders of his time. The event includes an interfaith plea for world peace, multicultural dances, and music by the Royal Hawaiian Band. Hawaii is the first state to proclaim October 2 as “Mahatma Gandhi Day.”
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations welcome

Complete Program Agenda

Musical Prelude
The Royal Hawaiian Band

Hawaiian Blessing
Kahu Kamaki Kanahele, Dr. Terry Shintani, Sooriya Kumar & U. S. Senator (Retired) Daniel Akaka

Indian Sacred Offering (Pooja) and chanting
Madana Sundari, Veda Das and Sundarnanda Das

National Anthems of Hawai’i Pono’ I, India, and U.S.  & “Let there be Peace” song
The Royal Hawaiian Band
Mr. Clarke Bright, Band Master
Ms. Susan Ishida, Band Manager

Welcome Speech
Raj Kumar Ph.D.
Founder & President – Gandhi International Institute for Peace

Hula Dance
Kumu Malia Helela & Halau, ‘Na Hula Ola Aloha’

Keynote Speaker
Chris Robinson
U.S. Immigration & Citizenship Services, Honolulu, Hawaii

Karen Knudsen
Director, Office of External Affairs
East West Center-University of Hawaii

Lisa Taylor
President of Ceeds of Peace
Conflict Resolution through compassion and courage

Bollywood Dance
Willow Chang from Bollywood Hawaii

Proclamation from Hon. Governor David Y. Ige
Message from U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono
Message from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Read by Kainoa Penaroza

Certificates from the Senate and House
Read by Hon. Senator Kalani English

Peacemaker Awards Presentation
UN Ambassador, Philip Jadhav

Proclamation from Mayor Kirk Caldwell & Certificate from Council of City and County of Honolulu
Read by Councilwoman, Kymberly Pine

Dialogue on World Peace with Interfaith Leaders
Rev. and Bishop Eric Matsumoto- Buddhism
Rev. Ajith Kumar – Christianity
Professor Ramdas Lamb- Hinduism
Dr. Jared Yurow – Judaism

Divine soul song of song – song of love, Peace & Harmony
Master Orlena Wong, Master Patrick Sambueno joined by students of Master Sha Tao Center, Honolulu

Indian folk dance
Nada McClellan &
Aaja Nachle Dance group

“Heal the world” the famous song by Michael Jackson
Wallen Ellingsong, accordion, Willow Chang, Phil Strauss & friends vocals

Namaste, Happy Birthday Mahatma Gandhi song
Funky Diva and group

Candlelight Ceremony
Led by Dr. Terry Shintani  & Knights of the Orthodox Order of St. John, Prior

New Plaque of M. K. Gandhi – Kim Duffett
Closing remarks & call to action for World Peace
Harendra Panalal, VP -GIIP


  • Emcees:  Jake steiner and Brooke Botton
  • Stage Management Group: Lyntillus J. Boyd, Eric Bott & Ron Reddick
  • Lei Greeters: Yoo Ran Sung, Emily Osurman, Jake Steiner from `Iolani High School
  • Sound and DJ: David Lum
  • Videographer: Stacey Bow & Daniel Rafel from Olelo
  • Photographers: Caron Wilberts and Robin Rae
  • City and County of Honolulu, Waikiki Police, Zoo Staff, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Midweek & Civil Beat newspapers KHON -2, KITV, KHNL
  • Volunteers from ‘Iolani School & Spark Matsunaga Peace Institute

Sponsors and Partners of the Program: Indian-American Friendship Council, Hawaii Health Foundation, Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, Down to Earth, Foodland, MOA Wellness Center, Creative Cuisine, Master Sha’s Tao Healing Center, O’lelo Community Television, Angels in Hawaii, Global Media Productions, Hawaii Health Guide, Still and Moving Center.