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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, September 30, 2006

Island film stars to engage youth at peace forum

By Zenaida Serrano
Advertiser Staff Writer

ALOHA PEACE FORUM 2006

"Dialogues for Peace Youth Voices for the Future"

When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15

Where: SGI-USA Hawai'i Culture Center, 2729 Pali Highway

Cost: Free

Register: 595-6324. Seating is limited. Deadline to register is Thursday.

Details: 387-7271 or www.unahawaii.org

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Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and filmmaker Edgy Lee are among the notables who will be promoting a sustainable global society at the Aloha Peace Forum 2006, Oct. 14 and 15 at the SGI-USA Hawai'i Culture Center.

The forum encourages youth and adults to take action to promote a society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace, which are based on the principles of the Earth Charter. The charter is a declaration and worldwide initiative under the organization, Earth Charter International (www.earthcharter.org).

The forum is also among the events held in conjunction with the state's Children and Youth Month.

Organizers want young people to know "that they are going to create their future," said Joanne Tachibana, president of the United Nations Association Hawai'i Division. The association and SGI-USA Hawai'i are co-sponsoring the event.

Tagawa, host of the Aloha Peace Forum 2006, joins Hawaiian cultural and environmental expert Ramsay Taum, who will give a presentation on "A Cultural Approach to Sustainability" on Oct. 14; Lee's presentation, "The Sustainable Mind," takes place on Oct. 15.

The presentations will be followed by break-out workshop sessions based on one or more of the four Earth Charter principles: Respect and Care for the Community of Life; Ecological Integrity; Social And Economic Justice; and Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace.

Other workshops include:

  • Year 2050 workshops for youths that poses the question, "What is your vision for a sustainable Hawai'i, and how can you create it?" Their recommendations will be submitted to the state Legislature's task force on "Vision 2050."

  • Earth Charter workshops for children ages 5 to 11 to help them learn more about the Earth Charter declaration and how they can make a difference. The workshops include arts and crafts, and a nature tour.

  • "First Battle" a workshop based on the film about pre-World War II Hawai'i where a Council for Interracial Unity prevented mass internment of the Americans of Japanese ancestry from Hawai'i and its relevance in today's world.

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    CHILDREN AND YOUTH MONTH

    McDonald's & Hawai'i Children's Trust Fund's Children & Youth Day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. tomorrow; state Capitol, 'Iolani Palace, Washington Place, Hawai'i State Art Museum and Honolulu Hale; free. 586-6130 or senchunoakland@capitol.hawaii.gov

    Child Safety and Booster Seat Checkup: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow, state Department of Health's Miller Street parking lot (enter on Punchbowl Street); free. 537-7117

    Hawai'i Student Film Festival and Hawai'i Student Television Showcase: see students' videos, 10 a.m.3 p.m. tomorrow, Kalanimoku Building (corner of Punchbowl and Beretania streets); free. 671-5219 or www.hawaiistudentfilmfestival.org

    18th annual Talk Story Festival: Hawai'i's largest and oldest storytelling celebration, featuring Alton Chung, Bernice Hirai and Jeff Gere, 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 13-14, 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 15; also, a storytelling workshop 1-4 p.m Oct. 15; McCoy Pavilion's auditorium at Ala Moana Beach Park; free. 692-5751 or www.honoluluparks.com

    Teen Read Week: Learn to prepare for college, choose a career and lead an active life, Oct. 15-21, programs at selected libraries across the state. 831-6878 or www.librarieshawaii.org

    Keiki Caucus Summit: "Many Voices, One Dream Building a Healthy Sustainable Future for Hawaii," to define issues and develop priority actions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20, state Capitol auditorium; free. 586-6130 or senchunoakland@capitol.hawaii.gov

    Kapi'olani Medical Center Pali Momi's Family Health Fair: health screenings and activities for families, 9 a.m.-noon. Oct. 21, Kapi'olani Medical Center at Pali Momi; free. 485-4329

    Child Safety and Booster Seat Checkup: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 21, Toys "R" Us, Pearlridge, parking lot; free. 983-8159

    Straub Foundation's KidsFest: games, exhibits and entertainment to promote healthy lifestyles and increase awareness of injury prevention and drug abuse, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 22, Bishop Museum; free. 524-6755

    Windward Mall's Safety Trick or Treat: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31, Windward Mall; free. 235-1143 or www.windwardmall.com

    Bishop Museum Treat Street, 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Bishop Museum; free. 847-3511 or www.bishopmuseum.org

    Reach Zenaida Serrano at zserrano@honoluluadvertiser.com.