HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fifty years after Martin Luther King Junior's famous "I have a dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial, his life and legacy inspired a day of service and parade in Hawaii.
More than 2,000 participants celebrated Dr. King's message of equality and peace at the 26th annual MLK holiday and Unity parade in Waikiki.
Mei Ching King of the Daughters of Isis said, "It's equality for everybody and there's always a struggle and for us it's about being out here and letting people know that we are part of the community doing the best we can for our community."
State Rep. Byron Rushing, Grand Marshal from Boston added, "His legacy is really what do we do? And how do we commemorate ourselves, in that work for justice and peace?
On the same day we remember King's civil rights stand to end racial segregation, our nation's first black President spent the holiday with his family preparing burritos for homeless shelters at the DC Central Kitchen.
Back at home, 900 Kaiser Permanente Hawaii physicians and their families volunteered to help restore the Heeia Ahupuaa.
Dr. Tarquin Colis, Chief of Infectious Diseases said, "It's important to give back. My 3 children, 3 daughters are here. It's important for them to see what hard work is. To be part of giving back. Give part of your day to a bigger cause.
The ringing of the Nagasaki Peace Bell at Honolulu Hale last night kicked off Hawaii's remembrances.
It's a fitting symbol for the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner who was assassinated, just four years later, at the age of 39.
Dr. King visited Hawaii and gave a speech in the House in 1959. He applauded the Islands as some place the South can look up to as "an inspiration and noble example where we had already accomplished so much in the area of racial harmony and justice."