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Guest Editorial: Rotary Offers Great Expectations

Peace is Possible

February 28, 2013
Cindy Schumacher - Contributing Writer , The Maui Weekly

In many parts of the world, civilization suffers because of social tensions, violent conflicts and war. Education of individuals is always a key ingredient for preventing or resolving big-scale conflicts. Yet education for the pursuit of peace can be a delicate matter. It means leading people into inter-personal understanding and respect for universal values and rights, perhaps well out of their comfort zones. Plus, the skills needed for sustaining peace, non-violence and freedom can be learned and perfected only through practice. But how does one practice? Where does one even start?

On Jan. 25-27th at the Convention Center in Honolulu, Rotary International presented a peace forum encouraging attendees to understand not only the value of peace but also how to attain it. (See: "Rotary International Global Peace Forum" in this issue).

The keynote speaker, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, indicated that dissidents in Burma see freedom not as a philosophical ideal, but "as something concrete that has to be gained through practical work."

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Guest Editorial
Cindy Schumacher
Contributing Writer

In workshops and discussions during the three-day forum, participants were encouraged to take a universal perspective and become catalysts for peace. Rotary's "Call to Service" offered attendees the opportunity to realize the urgency of the task, spreading the ideals of love and harmlessness.

The following students, Team Maui, attended the Rotary International Peace Forum under Rotary sponsorship:

Kamau Ku'ulani,

11th grade, Baldwin;

Tiara Sakumoto,

10th grade, Kamehameha;

Kyllie Hisashima,

11th grade, King Kekaulike;

Leimakamai Kea,

10th grade, Kamehameha;

Maile Naito,

11th grade, King Kekaulike;

Noelani Fevella,

11th grade, King Kekaulike;

Oksana Gil,

11th grade, King Kekaulike;

Alicia Huliganga,

11th grade, Lahainaluna;

Kirsten Gilchrist,

11th grade, Lahainaluna;

Lorilei Visitacion,

11th grade, Lahainaluna;

Maile Altier,

11th grade, Lahainaluna;

Paris-Nicole Sensano,

10th grade, Maui High;

Katherine Ornelas,

11th grade, Maui Preparatory;

Alexandra Gilliland,

10th grade, Molokai;

Sarah Jenkins,

10th grade, Molokai;

Isabella Jorgensen,

11th grade, Seabury Hall;

Kyla Pinkard,

10th grade, Seabury Hall;

Reina Tanizaki,

11th grade, Seabury Hall;

Rowan Mulligan,

11th grade, Seabury Hall;

Sarah Armstrong,

10th grade, Seabury Hall;

Simone Baldwin,

10th grade, Seabury Hall;

Brent Sabas,

10th grade, Baldwin;

Matthew, Vanni,

11th grade, Baldwin;

Chase Nakagawa,

10th grade, Kamehameha;

Austin Tapuro,

10th grade, Maui High;

Santana Huck,

11th grade, Maui Preparatory;

Jonathan Ibanez,

10th grade, St. Anthony;

Yusuke Yamagami,

10th grade, St. Anthony.

For these students, the Rotary International Peace Forum provided a new beginning with immediate goals, showing that "Peace is Possible." Team Maui is continuing the work they started at the International Rotary Peace Forum. They formed a Teen Advisory Council that will be an ever-evolving entity, open to those who want to make a difference in the community.

If you are willing to be a member of the team or support it in any way, please contact Rotary member Wendy Acosta at TeamMaui@gmail.com.

 
 

 

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