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2016 Hilo World Peace Festival Oct. 1

October 1, 2016, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 5:21 PM
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Moku Ola, Coconut Island, Hilo.

Moku Ola, Coconut Island, Hilo. WikiCommons photo.

The 7th Annual Hilo World Peace Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Moku Ola (Coconut Island) in Hilo, Hawai’i.

Festivities are free and open to the public.

The festival celebrates cultural diversity and promotes the creation of a peaceful world.

The annual festival features performances, food and beverages, as well as opportunities to experience cultural expressions of dance, music and art.

The Hilo World Peace Festival was created to promote the spirit of Aloha; the universal language of love, which encourages acts “to honor and revere our elders; to love, nurture, and protect our children; and to respect the harmony of our families; thus creating a healthy community and island lifestyle.”

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The entertainment lineup includes the Hui Okinawan Kobudo Taiko, hula by the Hilo SGI Group, contemporary music by Vaughn Valentino, Indian fusion dancing by Deepa Ram Souza, Tupulaga O’Samoa from the University of Hawai‘i and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Mark Yamanaka.

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Members of Honu‘apo, Ka‘ū, will be on-hand to provide free educational and cultural rides in two traditional double hulled sailing canoes departing from the island shore.

The 2016 Hilo World Peace Festival is a true partnership event, where community organizations, private enterprise and government work together toward a common goal.

The event is coordinated by Soka Gakkai International USA, the International Committee of Artists for Peace, Destination Hilo and the County of Hawai‘i.

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For more information, call the County of Hawai‘i, Culture & Education Office at 961-8706.

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