KAHULUI - Jim Albertini, a longtime organic farmer and nonviolent activist for justice, peace and the environment, will be the keynote speaker at "Sowing the Seeds of Peace," Maui's annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembrance, on Monday, Aug. 5.
The free, public program at 6 p.m. in the University of Hawaii Maui College Pilina Multipurpose Room will also feature performances by Maui Taiko and koto musicians.
Come at 5:30 p.m. to learn how to make origami peace cranes and stay after the program for refreshments.
Pax Christi USA named Jim Albertini its 2010 “Teacher of Peace.” In 2012, Interfaith Alliance Hawaii presented him and the Malu ‘Aina Center for Nonviolent Education & Action their award for encouraging nonviolent civic participation.
Albertini's talk is on "Hiroshima, Fukushima, and the Global Crisis of Violence - Where do we go from here?"
He is the co-author of two books, "The Dark Side of paradise - Hawaii in a nuclear world," and "Hawaii Journeys in Nonviolence," and is a founding member of Malu 'Aina Center for Nonviolent Education & Action in Kurtistown on Hawaii Island.
Albertini spent nearly two years in jail and prison for his nonviolent witness for justice and peace.
Sponsors of the program are the U.H. Maui College Peace Club and the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, a coalition of Maui faith communities, organizations and individuals.