Forgiveness Day in Honolulu Marks 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II
Ceremony at historic Kawaiaha’o Church reflects on the nuclear explosions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The event is free to all, and complimentary reserved tickets are available at no charge here: http://www.hawaiiforgivenessproject.org
“We pause on this occasion to question: what have we learned in the past 70 years, and what are we still learning?” said Roger Epstein, senior partner at the Cades-Schutte law firm, one of the sponsors. “The circumstances that led to August 1945 are securely locked in the past -- they could never happen again, anywhere. Or so we believe. Is that really true?”
Hawai’i International Forgiveness Day will ask and answer these questions and more, with the help of several past Heroes of Forgiveness, who have walked the steep trail of forgiveness in their own lives. Masago Asai, whose family was nearly destroyed in Nagasaki, will bring her two young daughters to dance a hula of peace in the sanctuary of Hawaii’s oldest church, Kawaiaha’o, founded in 1842. The Reverend Kahu Curt Pa’alua Kekuna will welcome participants to his church.
Between 300 and 500 people attend this open, free family event, now in its 13th year. The approach is non-ideological, interfaith, peaceful and thoughtful, so all people can be comfortable talking about forgiveness, and experiencing it. Similar independent celebrations are held in 86 countries, and Honolulu’s celebration is always one of the largest, alongside London and San Francisco.
At the conclusion, participants will form a solemn procession to the Nagasaki Peace Bell, next to Honolulu City Hall. The Peace Bell was placed 25 years ago, and on August 2 people will revisit the feelings of sorrow, renewal and forgiveness evoked by the memories of 1945, with a brief ceremony of music, invocation, prayer and silence.
13th Annual Hawai’i International Forgiveness Day
Free, and open to all.
August 2, 2015; 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
957 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hi 96813
Complimentary reserved tickets at:
Free poster for download at: http://hawaiiforgivenessproject.org/
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About the site -- historic Kawaiaha’o Church: http://www.kawaiahao.org
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