Thousands Flock To Maui To Hear From Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama
Kealii Reichel
Kealii Reichel

(WAILUKU) KHNL - The Dalai Lama is visiting the Valley Island for the first time and is spreading his message of peace.

Tight security surrounds War Memorial Stadium. Metal detectors and Maui Police on hand to protect the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Kumu Hula from around Hawaii, including Kealii Reichel, greet the spiritual leader, chanting about the genealogy of land.

People say this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"And a real chance to share an awakened consciousness with what's happening on this planet," said Lauren Burgess, Maui resident.

The Dalai Lama surprises many, starting the afternoon with humor, explaining why he doesn't wear any of the lei he's given.

"Sometimes you see, in India, there's a flower, gives you lot of flower, then afterwards, some worm is moving," he said.

He quickly moves into his main message, telling people to use the human approach to achieve world peace.

"I think human affection, compassion, that has the ability to reach even the animal," he said.

His Holiness also said you need to have basic human values, without them, you can't be a happy person.

Some of those values, we have early on. He said we learn about compassion, the second we're born.

"My birth, from my kind mother, I think very happy birth. And in few years, I think my mother extended maximum love and compassion," he said.

"He was just reiterating what was in us anyway. We all think that way, we just don't act that way," said Cliff Tai, Honolulu resident.

People say the Dalai Lama inspires them to become better human beings. They hope to incorporate his teachings into their everyday lives.