Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Martin Luther King


IROK-MLK-2018_Flyer FINAL02On Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, Join us “Celebrating the Cultures of Kaua’i: One Garden, Many Flowers.”  The public is invited to celebrate the diversity and harmony of the varied groups that call Kaua’i home from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, with free lunch following, at the Lihue Neighborhood Center, 3353 Eono Street, Lihue 96766.

Through music, food and video the audience will experience the contributions of the Native Hawaiians, Chinese, Japanese and various other immigrants from Asia, Europe and the Americas.  The program will close with everybody invited to join in singing “We Are the World” led by the Kauai Voices singers.

The program includes a video about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), who dedicated himself to ensuring equal rights, dignity and justice through non-violent means to all people; that all people could live together in peace.  The national holiday honoring King’s birthday was established in 1983 by the U.S. Congress and President Ronald Reagan.

To paraphrase the words of Dr. King’s widow, Corretta Scott King:  The Holiday provides a unique opportunity to teach young people to counter hatred and fear without resorting to violence, and to get into the habit of asking themselves, “what is the most loving way I can resolve this conflict?”

This free, public event is sponsored by the Interfaith Roundtable of Kaua’i (IROK) which holds a King Day event annually.  The Roundtable promotes peaceful interaction and cooperation among people of various religions, spiritual paths and philosophies.

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Contact:   Al Albergate, 310-780-9266


The annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day will feature a new twist this year with an invitation for everybody on the island to stand up and walk together for what they believe is important as King and his comrades once did. The celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Lihue Neighborhood Center, 3353 Eono Street, in Lihue.Participants will walk together around Isenberg Park, which surrounds the neighborhood center. They can, if they wish, carry posters, signs and flyers stating what they want people to know, so long as it is kind, respectful and loving. The event is not political in nature. With the theme “Inspiring the Leaders of Tomorrow,” it targets children and young people with the hope they will grow up knowing how to resolve conflicts lovingly and respectfully, without violence; and to stand up for victims of bullying.

“The holiday provides a unique opportunity to teach young people to fight evil, not people, to get in the habit of asking themselves, ‘what is the most loving way I can resolve this conflict?’” (from Coretta King in her essay “The Meaning of the King Holiday.”)
Following the walk, everybody is invited into the Neighborhood Center for refreshments, with the program beginning at 10:25 a.m. Speakers include Mayor Bernard Carvalho and Sabra Kauka. Also included: an introduction to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.; high school peer mediators will teach six steps you can take to stop a conflict quickly; and the announcement of the winners of the island-wide coloring contest.

At 12 noon a free lunch will be served with the idea of creating a “marketplace of ideas” with people sitting together and discussing a subject that is important to them such as love, respect, conflict resolution, mentoring and others.The public is invited to the free event sponsored by the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai (IROK). IROK is a monthly gathering of representatives from a variety of faith groups from around the island dedicated to harmony and understanding.


Thank you all who participated and attended this year’s MLK celebration. Special thanks to the Rt. Rev. William Swing of, Ishaq Mohammed, Aunty Hana & Lono Montgomery, Michael & Carrie Fox, all the service providers, all the volunteers, and of course our Kauai Ohana.

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Music starts at 10:30 a.m. so be sure to arrive early to get a seat (only  120 seats available).

Below is a short video of the 2015 MLK Celebration

Many gathered at the Lihue Neighborhood Center on January 19, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to learn about a man who touched the lives of millions and turned the tides of racism, civil rights, and economic injustices. To read more about this event, go to