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Lahaina Hongwanji Mission to celebrate ‘Peace Day’

By Staff | Sep 15, 2011

“Grave of the Fireflies” follows two children in their struggle for survival in post-war Japan.

LAHAINA — In 2006, the State of Hawaii declared that “Peace Day” be celebrated throughout the state on Sept. 21. The date coincides with the United Nations’ International Peace Day.

Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that designates a Day of Peace. Hawaii’s Peace Day was established through a movement by young Buddhists throughout Hawaii, who successfully lobbied the State Legislature and pointed out the significance of such a day.

Lahaina Hongwanji Mission will again celebrate Peace Day beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The public is invited to participate.

The event will begin with refreshments served in the social hall. A movie will be screened at 6:30 p.m. in the main temple. Attendees can participate in the ringing of the temple bell to commemorate Peace Day.

“Grave of the Fireflies,” an animated film, has been selected for screening. Although animated and originally aimed at young audiences, the film has gained wide acceptance among adults, too.

Roger Ebert said, “It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.”

Many who have seen the film rave about the strong message of peace and heartwarming scenes that are woven throughout the 71-minute movie.

Admission is free, but donations to Lahaina Hongwanji will be accepted. All donations collected will be used for Japan tsunami relief.

For information, contact Lahaina Hongwanji at 661-0640 or Richard “Noosh” Nishihara at 870-6478.