Town of Honokaa to participate in international peace parade

HONOKAA, Big Island (KHNL) - For the second year in a row, a small community on the Big Island is on a mission to promote the values of peace, compassion and interdependence.

The town of Honokaa on the Hamakua Coast will join the world in observing the United Nations International Peace Day on Sunday, September 21.

The 2nd annual Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace begins at noon featuring a moving stage of bands, floats, clubs, school groups and performers who will make their way down Mamane Street from Honokaa High School.

More than 40 groups will perform in the parade, including halau hula, bands, taiko drummers and dancers.

This year's highlight will be a performance by the Chicago group "Jesse White Tumbling Team."  Founder Jesse White, also the Illinois Secretary of State, established the program to serve as a positive alternative for Chicago children living in public housing communities.  Since its inception, more than 10,000 young people have benefited from the program.

"I'm honored to bring my team to Hawaii," said White.  "They are looking forward to putting on a show that the community can appreciate and will long remember."

Last year's event gave the small community of Honokaa a big voice with more than 1,500 people in attendance.

Hawaii is the only state to have proclaimed a permanent official Peace Day