Honolulu will commemorate the Tragedy & Triumph the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a series of events on August 6th thru 9th, 2015; the triumph of the ending of World War II and the tragedy of the beginning of the Nuclear Age.
On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay left the island of Tinian for Hiroshima, Japan. The uranium 235 gun-type bomb, named Little Boy, exploded at 8:16 a.m. In an instant 80,000 to 140,000 people were killed and 100,000 more were seriously injured. The blast wave shattered windows for a distance of ten miles and was felt as far away as 37 miles. Hiroshima had disappeared under thick, churning foam of flames and smoke.
The Nagasaki Peace Bell was a gift to the people of the City and County of Honolulu from the survivors of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and their supporters. Recognizing that true steps to peace must begin with acknowledgment of harmful actions in the past, the survivors in Nagasaki wished to make a gesture of reconciliation to the people of the city of Honolulu, which sustained a military attack by their country on December 7, 1941.
Katsuichi Fukahori was the leader of the Nagasaki Bell Presentation Committee delegation and an atomic bomb survivor. Working through the organizing efforts of the Congress Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Committee of Nagasaki and the Nagasaki Prefecture Hibakusha Membership Association, these victims began the lengthy process of raising funds and negotiating with Mayor Frank F. Fasi and the City Council of Honolulu for acceptance and placement of the peace bell monument at a location acceptable and appropriate for the general public. Through mutual efforts the groups in both cities saw the success of the project in the dedication ceremony which took place on December 7, 1990 on the grounds near the city hall, Honolulu Hale, when the peace bell was rung for the first time to the great satisfaction of the delegation of sixty or more of the Nagasaki Hibakusha in attendance.