About Town: September 11, 2020

Ring Your Bell for Peace Day

In celebration of Peace Day, Monday, September 21, the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii invites the world to join in a mass ringing of bells—virtually and in real life. Anyone with a bell and a cellphone or other device can be part of the global event.

ADVERTISING


A brief program of music and reflection begins at 11:45 a.m. HST, led by Bishop Eric Matsumoto, followed by one minute of silence, to honor all those who have sacrificed for the achievement of peace. At 12:01 p.m., bells will ring out for five minutes, from temples, churches, schools, community organizations, homes, and favorite places across the islands and the planet.

Bell-ringers will play simultaneously via Zoom, and the program will also be live-streamed on Facebook Live on KTUH’s page. Young people are particularly encouraged to participate. Advance registration is requested online at www.hongwanjihawaii.com,or by contacting event organizer Rene Mansho, renemansho@hawaii.rr.com, 808-291-6151.

Essay writing contests announced by VFW Hawaii

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Hawaii (VFW-HI) is sponsoring its annual statewide (to include American Samoa) essay writing contests for eligible public and private school students. The deadline to submit an entry to a local VFW post is Oct. 31, 2020.

The Patriot’s Pen contest is open to sixth to eight-grade students enrolled in a public or private school as of Oct. 1, 2020. This year’s theme is, “What is Patriotism to Me?” Essays must be 300-400 words in length, typed in English with no color or graphics. Entries will be judged on knowledge of the theme (30 points max); theme development (35 points max) and clarity of ideas (35 points max). The local winner will be awarded $400 and be eligible to compete at the national level with prizes up to $5,000.

ADVERTISING


The Voice of Democracy contest is open to eligible 9-12th grade students in public or private schools. The theme, “Is This The Country Our Founders Envisioned?” Entries must be recorded on an audio CD or flash drive and be 3-5 minutes in length. Entries will be judged on originality (30 points max); content (35 points max); and delivery (35 points max). The entry must be submitted to a local VFW Post by Oct 31, 2020. Local winner will receive $500 and be eligible to compete at the national level with prizes up to $15,000.

For more information, call or text Wayne Yoshioka, VFW-HI public affairs coordinator at (808) 342-6565. The VFW-HI adjutant is also available and can be reached at (808) 946-7250.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email hawaiiwarriorworld@staradvertiser.com.