"The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday should be a day on, not a day off," stated Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National Services and a co-sponsor of the King Holiday and Service Act. "A day of action, not apathy. A day of responding to community needs, not a day of rest and recreation."
On Monday, Jan. 9, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa proclaimed the celebration to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A weeklong "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Celebration" is in progress on Maui through Monday, Jan. 16, sponsored by the County of Maui and organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition - Hawai'i (Maui), the African Americans on Maui Association and Nubian Pageant Systems.
The public is invited to participate in a wide range of events.
Earlier this week, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa proclaimed the week-long Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Celebration, which is in progress on Maui through Monday, Jan. 16.
The Queen Ka'ahumanu Congregational Church, 103 High St. in Wailuku, will host the "Inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bell Ringing Ceremony" at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.
The commemoration will proceed to the "Stone of Hope Monument," which stands on Maui County grounds at 200 High St. in Wailuku, serving as the official site for all Opening Ceremonies for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. festivities on Maui.
The monument, erected on Dec. 28, 2006, by the African Americans on Maui Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Ayin Adams and the Honorable Mayor Alan Arakawa, is dedicated to the life, legacy and work of Dr. King. The monument is the only one in the State of Hawai'i commemorating the Stone of Hope Monument in our nation's capitol in Washington, D.C. It also serves as the backdrop for the annual Candle-Lighting Vigil Services for Dr. King every year on April 4, commemorating Dr. King's assassination.
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March" participants will then commemorate the "March on Washington" with a procession from the Stone of Hope to Wailuku Coffee Company, 26 N. Market St., for a "Dr. King Tribute and Celebration."
From 3 to 6 p.m., the "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration\Entertainment Program" will be held at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Shopping Center's Center Stage.
This year, according to event organizers, it is the mission of leaders in the service community to remember and honor Dr. King with a day that reflects his proposition that "everyone can be great because everyone can serve"--a day that brings out the greatness in people by bringing them together to make a difference in their communities.
Suggestions for bringing people together through service include feeding the hungry, restoring the beauty to public space and helping to break the cycle of crime, fear and violence by encouraging 24 hours of peace.
Simple acts of kindness and make a difference each day. Help keep aloha alive.
For more information, call (808) 280-1394 or (714) 305-2128 (Maui). For a complete schedule of events, visit www.nubian-pageants.com/African-Americans-on-Maui-Assn.html.
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