Wailua Mission Members, Vel and Valli Alahan, Shyamadeva Dandapani, Amala Seyon, Isani Alahan, Toshadeva and Kamala Guhan and Irene Scott attended the Martin Luther King Day Celebration today in Lihue.
This event is sponsored and organized by the Interfaith Round Table of Kauai. This year, instead of the monks, our members represented the Hindu community. Vel Alahan, senior kulapati in this group, thanked the Interfaith Round Table of Kauai for inviting us and mentioned how dear Kauai was to our beloved Gurudeva’s heart..
Vel explained the meaning of the ancient Vedic Sahana Chant for peace which we recite before and after any gathering.
All the members perform the chant together.
Amala Seyon gave a brief talk about Positive Discipline for Parents.
She offered the Hinduism Today pamphlet, “Parenting with Love” as a hand out to the Kauai Community. Amala also provides classes on Positive Discipline to small intimate groups and one on one whenever she receives a request.
There were many wonderful presentations by various members of the Kauai community. Many were highly skilled performers.
Kauai artist Isa Maria, seated center and other members of the Love Tribe first came together after the war in Afghanistan began and started their group. Today, Drumming for Peace, they are wonderful African drummers presenting songs and chants.
Long time Kauai resident, Dale Rosenfeld offered the Jewish Community Peace Song.
Our neighbor in Wailua Homesteads, Dr. Lisa Raphael shared her experiences with Dr. King. She was born in Europe during the Nazi invasion and later marched in the US with Dr. Martin Luther King to help stop racism.
“Chalk for Peace” designs offered an activity to attendees of the event . Chalk for Peace is an international organization that displays chalked peace designs from all over the world. (http://www.chalk4peace.org)
A dramatic reading by the performers of the African Heritage Cultural Center.
Gloria Purter of African Heritage Cultural Center of Kauai presented with her daughters, a birthday dedication to First Lady, Michelle Obama, who celebrated her first year as First Lady and her birthday on January 16th.
It was touching that a white dove, universal symbol of peace, joined in observing the presentations.
Liz Hahn of the Baha’i community sang “Blessed is the Spot” a Baha’i Prayer.
There were many other presenters and booths which came together on the small island of Kauai to celebrate peace.
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Jai Ganesa! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos of such dedicated devotees.I am always uplifted to see fellow devotees and the their selfless work in standing strong for hinduism as Gurudeva taught in (mws). The dove is beautiful and a reminder indeed.Aum Shanti
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