2018 Peace Day Interfaith Celebration

Event details

  • Friday | September 21, 2018
  • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin 1727 Pali Highway (enter from Lusitana St.) Honolulu, HI 96813
  • (808) 532-2649 (Liane Viloria)

2018 Peace Day Interfaith Celebration

Please join us for the 8th Annual Peace Day Interfaith Celebration sponsored by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

Dharma School children planting a tree at Mouna Farm with an image of an origami crane

An Evening of Reflection and Celebration
with the Theme “Cultivating Peace”


  • Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin
  • Pacific Buddhist Academy (PBA)
  • The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii
  • Hawai‘i Conference of Religions for Peace (HCRP)

Special Performances

  • Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin Choir
  • Ukulele Fellowship of Harris Methodist Church
  • Masago Asai and daughters (hula entitled “Aloha ‘Āina”)
  • Calvary by the Sea Choir
  • Honolulu Hongwanji Dharma Schools
  • Hyaku Sen Ki Kai Taiko
  • Mun Lun School Chinese Folk Dance Group

Featured Guest Speakers

Chelsie Onaga Degree Candidate Sustainable Community Food Systems (SCFS), UH West Oahu

Hoʻōla ʻĀina youth delegates Youth Food Sovereignty Congress (July 2018)

Remarks By

  • Bishop Eric Matsumoto, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
  • Harendra Panalal, Jain Tradition
  • Rudiger Ruckmann, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Pastor Timothy Mason, Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church
  • Bishop Randolph Sykes, Inclusive Orthodox Church

About Our Featured Speaker

Chelsie Onaga with cap and glasses, smiling Chelsie Onaga is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Community Food Systems at University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu. During her internship at MAʻO Organic Farms, she built a relationship with the ʻaina, youth leaders, and the Waiʻanae community that sparked an interest in food security and youth advocacy. She completed her food systems senior practicum by helping organize and facilitate this years Hoʻōla ʻĀina Youth Food Sovereignty Congress. The congress resulted in a powerful statement from youth delegates calling for change in Hawaiʻi’s relationship to food, health, education, and culture.

kalo loi closeup

For more information, please contact Liane Viloria at Liane.Viloria@pbahi.org.

black-and-white drawing of an origami crane

About Peace Day

In 2007, Hawaii became the first state to recognize Peace Day. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on or around September 21. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Dharma School children planting a tree at Mouna Farm, Waianae (Alan Kubota)
Kalo loi closeup, Honolulu (David Atcheson)