Large crowds of Indian Americans, Christians, Buddhists and Native Hawaiian groups joined together to celebrate Gandhiji’s Birthday.

Many music groups, health and yoga groups, organic food activists joined the celebration. Many Ethnic groups presented recitals and dance programs. The event started with the oldest and the only municipal band in the entire U.S. – “The Royal Hawaiian Band” (183 years) playing Hawaiian, Indian and American National Anthems. This is the most famous Band in Hawaii mastered by Mr. Clark Bright & Susan Ishida. They also played peace songs.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz presented the proclamation. The proclamation reads as follows: In recognition of International day of Non Violence now I, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, and Brian Schatz, Lt Gov of Hawaii do hereby proclaim Oct 2nd, 2012 as “International day of Nonviolence” in Hawaii and ask people of the state to join us in celebrating the Birth day of Mahatma Gandhi and following his preaching of love, truth, kindness, Harmony, Non Violence and promoting world peace on this day of Sep 2012.

Mr. Peter B. Carlisle, Mayor of Honolulu proclaimed Oct 2, 2012 to be “Mahatma Gandhi and Non violence Day” in honor of freedom, justice, and human rights and conveyed his memorable tributes.

Dr. Raj Kumar, founder and president of Gandhi International Institute for Peace and Non Violence and Dr. Krishna Reddy, Founder of Indian American Friendship Council met with Governor Neil Abercrombie at his private office and discussed various India issues including trade and tourism partnership. Governor also did not fail to praise Gandhi’s principles, he always carries his teachings in his wallet for the last 40 years. Gov also presented spiritual gifts to Dr. Raj Kumar and Dr. Reddy. The Governor is truly humble, kind and very friendly, it is truly a great honor to have met Gov Neil Abercrombie.

Earlier Dr Raj Kumar spoke about the UN General Assembly resolution in 2007 to celebrate Gandhi’s birthday a day of “International day of Non Violence”, Raj Kumar also said not to give up hope of peace and praised Gandhi’s fight against injustice and violence. Dr. Elaine Valdov, Director of International Peace Ambassadors and International Young Leaders Vision Summit, and Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, 
Former Under-Secretary-General 
and High Representative of the UN, also sent their messages on this special event.

Dr. Reddy who was also keynote speaker and Chief Guest said to follow the principles of Non Violence especially in the wake of International Terrorism and suggested to the audience present that the terrorism will not solve the problem. Dr. Reddy did not fail to call upon the Governor to thank him for placing Gandhi’s Birthday in Hawaiian calendar as a memorable day of peace.

Several prominent political leaders, Senator Pohai Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard, Nominee for Congresswoman, also attended this event. Many Interfaith groups’ leaders like Rev. Stephen Randolph Sykes, Rev. Joan Chatfield, Bishop Eric Matsumoto, and Honpa Hongwanji, Pieper Toyama-Principal of Pacific Buddhist Academy, and Chat Dal Santo, District 5000 Governor of the Rotary Club spoke about Gandhi and his principles and praised the Lord for peace on Earth.

This entire event was done in front of life size Gandhi statue in Waikiki Park facing the beautiful ocean.

About the author: Dr. Krishna Reddy is Founder of Indian American Friendship Council

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