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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Nagasaki Peace Bell gets conservation treatment

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

City technician Sanit Khewhok uses a toothbrush to clean the bronze Nagasaki Peace Bell on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center grounds today.

DEBORAH BOOKER | The Honolulu Advertiser

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City technicians today were out cleaning the Nagasaki Peace Bell on the grounds of the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center as part of its routine conservation treatment.

The bell is among the more than 80 monuments and sculptures on public display throughout Oahu.

The city received the peace bell as a gift from survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing and their supporters as gesture of reconciliation. The bell was mounted on Dec. 7, 1990, and is a replica of the Bell of Nagasaki at Urakami Cathedral in Japan.

Since the bell was installed in Hawaii, it was been rung at ceremonies in August every year in remembrance of the atomic bombing during World War II and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.