On World Peace Day, the community is invited to join the global cause on a local level. Peace Day Maui will join organizations worldwide on Saturday, Sept. 21, commemorating World Peace Day. Over 600 million people in communities around the world will take a stand for peace during locally organized peace events.
The theme of this year's World Peace Day asks the question, "Who will you make peace with?"
"In a time when news headlines read 'Incendiary Bomb Dropped on Syrian School Children,' Imua Family Services is all the more motivated to further the World Peace Day movement," said Imua Family Services Executive Director Dean Wong, Peace Day Maui event organizer.
"We need to gather as a community and make a stand for peace in our world," said Wong. "Too many times now, we are hearing about another fatal incident taking children's lives while in schools, at home and abroad."
A "Teens Sing for Peace" vocal competition led by Joy Fields will open the event at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in the Yokouchi Family Courtyard at 6:30 p.m. Following the pre-show, guests will be invited into the Castle Theater for a free screening of the acclaimed movie "The Journey" at 7:30 p.m.
Filmmaker and inspirational speaker Eric Saperston created "The Journey," the entrepreneurial documentary turned feature film. After college, Saperston bought a 1971 Volkswagen van and with his golden retriever, Jack, hit the road. While travelling, he called some of the most powerful people in the world and asked them out for a cup of coffee. What started out as a personal journey to find an answer to life's biggest questions (Why am I here? How can I find happiness? What is success?) quickly turned into something bigger than he ever imagined.
As the journey unfolded, it attracted the attention of public figures and business moguls including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Actor Billy Crystal, Actor-Producer Henry Winkler, former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, Home Depot Found-er Bernie Marcus, UPS Chairman Oz Nelson, Coca Cola President Donald Keough and Dan Millman, author of "The Peaceful Warrior."
"Leading up to Peace Day Maui, Imua has planned speaking engagements at several Maui high schools with Saperston in the hopes of inspiring our youth to follow through with their personal journeys and what one can accomplish with determination," said Wong.
In the classrooms, Saperston will preview a 13-minute clip of the film, followed by a question-and-answer period about his journey and the obstacles and victories he faced along the way.
Imua Family Services invites you to share a picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with a word or phrase (be creative) answering the question, "Who will you make peace with?"
Use the hash tags #PeaceDayMaui #imuafamily #peacebethejourney and track this event on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @imuafamily.