HONOLULU (KHNL) - As both sides anxiously wait to see if the U.N. cease-fire lasts, members of Hawaii's Israeli community share their hopes for a lasting peace.
While the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah is half a world away, it is still too close to many here in Hawaii -- family and friends of those caught in the crossfire.
"Some people have been close to where a bomb has exploded in Tel Aviv a couple of years ago. My sister-in-law, my brother. You know I mean, I worry about them every day, especially being this far" says Galit Feld.
Feld is just one of many local Israelis who are able to voice worries about the war at a weekly support group. People also gather to pray for peace and share their stories every Sunday in this synagogue.
"I don't think this is just a human conflict, even though one-million Israelis are in shelters in northern Israel and the other side is having its own losses. I think that this is a phase of a larger phenomenon--a phenomenon of terror" says Carlos Walrter M.D.
And while there is not too much that can be done her in Hawaii to stop the fighting. The group hopes to remind other Hawai i residents that the fighting is not that far away.
"Here we are, living in Hawaii, and we have ties, we have family just like anybody else. And we hope to promote peace" said one man at the meeting.
The group meets sundays at Temple Emanu-El in Nuuanu.