Roy and Kathy Sakuma proud recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Peacemaker Award

Sep 22, 2014 | PC Community

 

Roy and Kathy Sakuma received  the 2014 Distinguished Peacemaker Award on Sunday, September 21, 2014 during a ceremony held at the UH Urban Garden Center in Pearl City. The Sakuma's were honored during the annual Peace Day Hawaii celebration at the Urban Garden Center  for their commitment to mankind through the Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studio and beauty of the ukulele that serves as their global instrument of peace.

Students from the Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studio played along with their teacher to the delight of the crowd who filled the newly created outdoor amphitheater located on the UH UGC Peace Garden path. 

Sista Sherry hosted the hour long Distinguished Peacemaker Award Ceremony that was presented by UH-CTAHR- University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

The 2014 Distinguished Peacemaker Award Ceremony ended with Roy Sakuma and his students playing and singing to "I Am What I Am" an original composition by Roy Sakuma that serves as his message of hope that comes directly from the heart and guides his mission in life to spread peace, love, and friendship from the four strings of the ukulele that delivers the beauty and sounds of Aloha.

Congratulations Roy and Kathy!

 

Peace Day Hawaii

Hawaii was the first state to officially recognize the United Nation's International Day of Peace on April 18, 2007. It is now celebrated in over 200 countries worldwide. Peace Day Hawaii was established and is observed on September 21 of each year. Hawaii Peace Day promotes peace programs, improved international relations, and increased educational awareness of peace.

For information about the PeaceOneDay vision, log on to peaceoneday.org. Also, for information about UNESCO's global movement for a Culture of Peace, log on to: www. culture-of-peace.info.

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Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studio keiki students join their teacher to perform "I Am What I Am" that closed the

2014 Distinguished Peacemaker Award Ceremony at the UH Urban Garden Center outdoor amphitheater.

Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Sista Sherry (right) and Jayme Grezbik, UH Urban Garden Horticulturists and

UH Master Gardener Coordinator (left),  are pictured holding  a Ma'afala Ulu tree that was

1 of 25 trees that were raffled off to lucky winners on Sunday, September 21, 2014

during Peace Day Hawaii  celebrated at the UH Urban Garden Center in Pearl City.

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Mahi La Pierre (left) blows the conch shell and Val Loh (right) presents a traditional

Hawaiian O'li to open the 2014 Distinguished Peacemaker Award Ceremony.

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Members from the Soka Gakkai International-USA Youth Taiko Group

perform during the ceremony opening at the UH Urban Garden Center.

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Maria Gallo, Dean UH-CTAHR welcomes everyone to the 2014 Distinguished Peacemaker Award Ceremony.

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Jeannie Lum, UH-CTAHR,  Peace Day Hawaii Coordinator addresses the audience

with information about Peace Day Hawaii and "World Peace One Day".

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Herb Ohta Jr. (left), Nelly Toyama Baduria, and Daniel Baduria perform to John Lennon's "Imagine".

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Longtime Roy and Kathy Sakuma friend, Alvin Okami expresses his feelings and appreciation

for the Sakuma's as he introduces the 2014 Distinguished Peacemaker Award recipients.

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Kathy and Roy Sakuma speak to the crowd with open hearts and humbleness before receiving their award.

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2014 Distinguished Peacemaker Award presented to Roy and Kathy Sakuma.

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Members from the Hawaii i Eisa Shinyuu Kai group perform to Okinawan kacha-ashi to close the ceremony.

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Attendees join in to dance with the Hawaii i Eisa Shinyuu Kai group.

 

Mahalo to the Honolulu Rose Society for hosting quests at the
 
UH UGC Peace Rose Garden during the Peace Day Hawaii Celebration
 
with garden tours, rose information, and generous refreshments!

 

Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com