Peace Day event winners announced

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Many Honokaa businesses participated in Peace Day activities. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

The Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple announced winners of Peace Day events for the 7th Annual Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Peace Poster Contest

Winners of the annual student Peace Poster Contest were announced and prizes awarded. Led by artist Jay West, poster entries were reviewed for focus on the theme, “Prepare for Peace,” purpose, layout and design, drawings, mechanics, creativity and neatness.

Winners are:

K-3: First, Miami Minahan, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu; Second, Reina Moriguchi, Cathedral Catholic Academy and Ocean Yagi, Honokaa Elementary School

Third (three-way tie), Samantha Allen, Kira Kumitake, and Kaitlin Mercado from Cathedral Catholic Academy

Grades 4-6; First, Lyla Gonsalves, Cathedral Catholic Academy; Second, Brooke Peralta, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Third, Leah Delos Santos, Cathedral Catholic Academy

Grades 7-9: First, Mae Lee Solomon, Honokaa Intermediate School Second, Terri Conner, Honokaa Intermediate School, Third, Quinlan Mata Bishop, Waiakea High School

Grades 10-12: First, Joanne Bell, Honokaa High School; Second, Zoey Chang, Waiakea High School and Third, Tyana Yamamoto, Honokaa High School.

Sponsor prize, presented by Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast: Samio, Honokaa High School and Megan Kauni, Honokaa High School.

“Peace in the Streets”

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Honokaa Business Association teamed up with the Peace Committee to produce the first-ever “Peace in the Streets” activity. Visitors had a chance to visit 21 participating businesses in town to win Scavenger Hunt prizes.

Winners were: Oarlene Wingate. $100 cash prize, Clinton Branco, Alicia Togi-Branco, Stacey Emerson, Mitchell Echavez, Branalyn Juan, Kaylene Torres, Moses Decoite, Megan King, Karen Yagi, Gary Tomes Jr., Barbara J. Moran, Annie Pacana, Lee Watanabe, Debbie Filippai, Melanie Ebreo, Shyla Kailalani, Yoshie Yagi, Jordan Marlin, and Ocean Yagi.

The 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace was presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. For more information visit or PeaceDayParade on Facebook.