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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, May 18, 2002

Society to present video on Holy Land

Willis Moore, editor and manager of the Hawai'i Geographical Society, will present the video travelogue "Journey Through the Holy Land" with commentary as part of a "Faces and Places in Israel and Palestine" video series.

The video — featuring the Temple Mount, the Pool of Bethesda, the much-beleaguered Church of the Nativity, the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River — will be shown at 7:30 p.m. May 30 at Tenney Theatre of St. Andrew's Cathedral, with commentary by Moore and others.

Cost is $4; parking is free. Call 538-3952.

Academy screening film on Ram Dass

The story of Ram Dass, who was born 80 years ago as Richard Alpert and went from Harvard professor to LSD champion to Hindu devotee, is shown in "Ram Dass: Fierce Grace," a film showing at the Academy Theatre.

Considered one of the great spiritual teachers, Dass studied psychology at Wesleyan and Stanford. He then served on the psychology faculties at Stanford and the University of California, and from 1958 to 1963 taught and researched in the Department of Social Relations and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

The teacher and author explored human consciousness, which led him to pursue intensive research with psilocybin, LSD-25 and other psychedelic chemicals.

In 1967, he traveled to India and met Neem Karoli Baba, under whom he studied yoga and meditation, and pursued a variety of spiritual practices.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today and 4 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $5; 532-8768.

Parish members honor volunteers

Members of Catholic parishes across the Islands paid tribute on Thursday to their outstanding volunteers at the sixth annual Island Treasures banquet.

About 1,200 people showed up at the Sheraton Waikiki dinner to honor 79 people for their volunteer work in 57 parishes, missions, organizations and military chapels.

Among those honored were: Sister Dativa Padilla, a Franciscan nun who has worked at St. Francis, Kalaupapa, for 26 years, who besides her nursing duties at the Hansen's disease hospital, spends her free time working in the art room; Jawn Ranney, the 82-year-old member of Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, who serves as the daily noon Mass sacristan, walking to church two miles a day; and Isabel Miranda of Our Lady of the Mount Parish in Kalihi Valley, who has been taking Communion to the sick and homebound for more than 30 years.

Correction: The "Faces and Places in Israel and Palestine" video program at the Tenney Theatre will be May 30. The wrong date was listed in a previous version of these briefs.