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HPU plants Peace Pole

by Kalamalama staff

 

As a global community with students hailing from more than 100 countries and all 50 states coming together to live and learn, HPU students, staff, and faculty commemorated those who lost their lives in the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in “A Day of Peace” ceremony at the Hawai‘i Loa campus at which the University officially planted a Peace Pole presented to HPU by the Peace Corps.

University Chaplain Rev. Dale Burke offered a prayer for peace and remembrance, while the HPU International Vocal Ensemble performed two inspirational medleys. The president of the Hawai‘i Return Peace Corps Volunteer Association, Mr. Adam Liss, described the significance of the Peace Pole.

 

“I think it’s important for every person to say ‘maybe I can do something to make a positive difference in the world. What can I do to make peace a reality?’” explained Liss.

“This Peace Pole will serve as a reminder for us to continually rededicate ourselves to spreading the message of peace and understanding,” Liss said.

“ Unfortunately, what happened on 9-11 was an act of hate, and we need to focus on turning things around,” said Kelly Collins, a pre-med senior at HPU. “Peace is everyone getting along. It’s knowing the people around you and not caring where they’re from,” added Collins.

A collection of hopes submitted by HPU students during Intercultural Day on April 16 is buried at the base of the pole.

 

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