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Peace begins at home.

September 10, 2009
Trisha Smith

Over 25 years ago, the United Nations established a resolution to mark Sept. 21 each year as the International Day of Peace, or “Peace Day.” This global holiday gives individuals and communities a day to highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. Millions of people across the world participate in a variety of events that make an impact, big and small.

We need to sustain the aloha spirit and promote peace across the Isles. World peace may seem like an impossible aspiration, yet peace within our homes here on Maui is very possible. Choosing nonviolence as a way of life should be an easy road to follow.

On Monday, Sept. 21, join Maui’s Seasons for Peace and Nonviolence (SPNV) task force as they present the first-ever Care-a-thon on the island from noon to 7 p.m. at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center’s stage on “Peace Day.”

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Stop by the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center on Monday, Sept. 21, from noon to 7 p.m. for the Care-a-thon on the International Day of Peace. There will be information available regarding nonviolence in our homes and a talented lineup including the sweet songbird, Louise Lambert, who, along with the Unity Choir, will perform the lovely song she wrote, Peace In Our Hearts.

Take some time out from your busy schedule and support the theme of “Peace in Our Homes” with this heartfelt event that includes a variety of music, dance and testimonials to promote awareness of domestic violence and support the resources that help those in need.

SPNV is associated with an international movement to expand the practice of powerful and proactive nonviolent attitudes taught by Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and other peacemakers.

The Association of Global New Thought (AGNT) created the movement 13 years ago. From its Website, AGNT reveals the new promise of their teachings as the “planetary healing through self-realization and spiritually motivated activism.”

According to AGNT’s informative Website, philosopher William James once called it “the religion of healthy-mindedness.” The New Thought movement came about over a century and half ago as a revolt against what many thought were “the negative dogmas” common in churches of the time.

On a local level, the task force sponsors community events to highlight individuals and organizations that promote nonviolence.

Last September, SPNV held a peace concert, but this year, SPNV Coordinator Don Gross wanted to do something that concentrated on caring for our families and awareness of domestic violence in our ‘ohana.

“We want to have peace at home,” said Gross. “We can make a difference, because world peace begins at home.”

This year, the SPNV is recognizing organizations that “seek to eliminate domestic violence.” There will be several booths set up for those interested in acquiring information regarding services and organizations, such as Women Helping Women, which could help you or someone you know who has dealt with violence in any way.

Come out and enjoy seven hours of “rocking fun” with the sounds of Maui entertainers such as Curt Lee, Lei‘ohu Ryder, Louise Lambert and daughter Merika, Julie Frank, Omar, Maui Taiko Drummers, Unity Choir and more.

SPNV would like to thank all those who have contributed their energy and time selflessly to helping the families of Maui.

If everyone just took one moment to promote peace—it could make a world of difference.

Don’t miss a special opportunity to show you care during Maui’s Care-a-thon on “Peace Day,” Monday, Sept. 21. This is a free event and a wonderful way to come together in commemoration of peace, love and harmony.

Call Gross at 283-3865 for more information. To learn more, visit and

May peace be with you today, and everyday!



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