International Day of Peace

2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. was the International Day of Peace Celebration at Lydgate Park Main Pavilion

IROK hosted the International Day of Peace Celebration at Lydgate Park Main Pavilion this year with an estimated 150+ people who stopped by to enjoy the activities. Thank you to all who volunteered and participated!

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2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016 is the scheduled International Day of Peace Celebration at Lydgate Park Main Pavilion

An estimated 200 people attended the International Day of Peace Celebration at Lydgate Park. Thank you all for participating, singing, dancing, praying and volunteering to spread peace in the world.

 

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Press release, September 1, 2016

Everybody is invited to celebrate The International Day of Peace at Lydgate Park (main pavilion) Sunday, September 18, 2016, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai (IROK). This years’ United Nations theme for this event is “Peace and Sustainability.” The event is free.

Centered at Lydgate Park Main Pavilion (near Kamalani Playground), the program will feature cultural performances, an open microphone, free food, information on sustainability and conflict resolution, as well as crafts and activities for children of all ages. It will conclude with peace prayers around the Peace Pole followed by the release of peace doves.

The International Day of Peace was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001. In 2007, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to officially commemorate Peace Day in harmony with the UN resolution. IROK has sponsored an annual celebration of peace every year since.

IROK was formed in 2005 to bring together representatives of all religions to encourage harmony, understanding, and community service from an interfaith cooperative stance. For more information about the Lydgate Park Peace gathering contact Annaleah Atkinson at 652-7743, the Rev. Diane Decker (revdianedecker@gmail.com; 707-502-9217), Dr. Hari Khalsa (dryogi108@gmail.com; 353-1114), or the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai website www.interfaithroundtableofkauai.org.
If you need an ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, contact one of these IROK representatives at least seven calendar days before the event.

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2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015 is the International Day of Peace Celebration at Lydgate Park Main Pavilion.

Everybody is invited to celebrate The International Day of Peace at Lydgate Park on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai (IROK). This years’ United Nations theme for this event is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.”

Centered at Lydgate Park Main Pavilion (near Kamalani Playground), the Peace Day program will feature cultural performances, local performing artists Michael and Carrie Fox; ambassadors of peace discussions; teen-led reflections on peace; crafts and activities for children of all ages; a message from the mayor; and free international food potluck. The event is free.

For more information about the Lydgate Park Peace gathering contact Jeffrey Pears at 634-9992 or through our Contact page.

If you need an ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, contact Pears at least seven calendar days before the event.

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From the United Nations website: Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. To mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to PeacePDF document, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67PDF document of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282PDF document, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014 we celebrated the International Day of Peace Celebration at Lydgate Park. It’s estimated that over 100 people attended. We were blessed to enjoy performances throughout the celebration by Joyful Noise, John Dumas, and Sacred Earth Choir. Prayers for peace around the Peace Pole were inspirational and heartfelt, and the dove release by the children was symbolic of sending our prayers of peace to the world (see attached picture). Pet doves were used (provided by Alfy Sprenger) that fly home on the island. Some say releasing of doves is symbolic of “Peace flying home to our hearts.” We were blessed to have Aunty Hana and her mo’opuna Lono offer the opening prayer. We are grateful that professional photographer and member of IROK, Ron Stover took some excellent pictures! And Mayor Carvalho dropped by to present the official proclamation! There were many other volunteers who contributed their time, resources and skills to make this event happen and we certainly appreciate it. Thank you all and hope to see you next year!

photo 1 (4)photo 2 (3)The 2014 IDOP Dove photo by Jeffrey Pearsphoto 4 (1)