Pillars of Peace Hawaii: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha works to bring global peace leaders to Hawaii in order to exchange ideas and practices that can help build peace at home and around the world. A visit to Hawaii by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in April 2012 marked the launch of the Pillars of Peace initiative. Subsequent visits included the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and John Hunter (founder of the World Peace Game for students) for small events. In January 2013, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi visited and in August 2014, three representatives of The Elders were hosted by Pillars of Peace for events that reached out to students, community leaders and the public.
A cornerstone of Pillars of Peace Hawaii is the opportunity to engage with prominent peace leaders and spark conversation about the roles of compassion, courage, and culture in practicing peace. Each visit also provides an opportunity to share Hawaii’s unique history, traditions and spirit of aloha with the rest of the world.
Pillars of Peace Hawaii was host for a visit of three representatives of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. Former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, Pakistani human rights activist Hina Jilani and Archbishop Desmond Tutu spent three event-filled days in August 2014 sharing their wisdom and wit on how to create ethical leaders and a global community.
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Pillars of Peace Hawaii was co-host for a visit to Oahu by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The January 2013 trip, which was Aung San Suu Kyi’s first visit to the islands, enabled her to share a powerful message of courage and compassion while gaining an understanding of Hawaii’s unique culture, history, and tradition of multiethnic cooperation.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Hawai'i in April 2012 marked the launch of Hawai'i Community Foundation's new initiative, "Pillars of Peace Hawai'i: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha."
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