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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hawaii Family Forum rally set for tomorrow

Advertiser Staff

The Hawaii Family Forum is organizing "Rally for Righteousness," from 2 to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the state Capitol, in support of "traditional family values" and encouraging voter turnout in upcoming elections.

The event is expected to include members of evangelical churches and the Hawaii Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

Dennis Arakaki, executive director of both organizations, said in a recent article in "The Hawaii Catholic Herald" that issues going before state lawmakers this year could include: same-sex marriage, civil unions, physician-assisted suicide, hunger, homelessness and gambling.

"We want to elect people who represent the values of the people," Arakaki said.

Participants are asked to wear white to the rally; bring canned goods and other nonperishable food items for donation to the Hawaii Food Bank; and fill out a voter's pledge card.


"Celebrate The Dream: Standing For Love," an interfaith celebration and affirmation of the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, will be at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Clement's Episcopal Church in Makiki.

The program, which features prayer, music, readings and a reception, is sponsored by Integrity Hawaii, an organization for gay Episcopalians; The Interfaith Alliance, which advocates for religious freedom and individual rights; and Equality Hawaii, which advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in state.

The event is a chance to "welcome, embrace and stand up for the LGBT community in its efforts seeking equality and justice," said Keola Akana, Integrity Hawaii's board secretary. It will also celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality.

For more information, call the church, 955-7745.


O'ahu churches are invited to the annual ecumenical worship service marking the annual worldwide "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity."

The service is set for 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Andrew. The international weeklong event began in 1908. For more information, call the cathedral at 524-2822.


The Performing Theatre of the Hongwanji Mission School a new after-school performing arts program in its third season will stage "Honk! Jr.", a musical based on "The Ugly Duckling" fable by Hans Christian Andersen.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Jan. 23.; and a 4 p.m. matinee will be staged Jan. 23. All performances will be at the Honpa Hongwanji Temple Social Hall on Pali Highway.

Performing will be 23 students from the school, ranging from the third to eighth grades.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students under age 14. They may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/89449, or by calling 800-838-3006.


A "March for Life" event, marking the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, will be at the state Capitol from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

It will begin with talks, testimony, prayer and song, and will be followed by a slow procession around the Capitol.

Luminaries will be placed on the grounds. They may be purchased for $5; proceeds will be used to support local pro-life pregnancy resource centers.

To order luminaries, call the Pearson Foundation, 942-0328. For information about the march, call Hawaii Right to Life, the event's main sponsor, at 585-8205.