In conjunction with the annual United Nations International Day of Peace on Saturday the Pacific Rim Education Foundation (PREF) is sponsoring three activities on two days to promote a culture of peace:
— A Hawaii Peace Ping Pong Tournament is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Kona Outdoor Circle, 76-6280 Kuakini Highway. The public, aged 18 and older, is invited for some friendly competition and fellowship.
The tourney is followed by a light buffet dinner, entertainment and brief talk on peace. Entrance fee is $5 and cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place tourney winners. RSVP to email@example.com or phone 326-2344.
— “Embracing Our Most Challenging Relationships,” a workshop by Andrea Pro, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, with a light lunch to follow at Hawaii Queen Coffee Gardens. Donations are appreciated. Hawaiian Queen Coffee Gardens is located across and up Henry Street from Safeway at 75-1048 Henry St. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 315-1893.
This mini-session will explore what keeps people from engaging wholeheartedly in relationships and practices the art of showing empathy and honesty with others. Pro, of Pathways to Compassion, has been offering workshops based on nonviolent communication in Kona for seven years.
— PREF will offer a “Prayer for Our Island,” which is available on Pref’s Facebook page.
“We encourage people to offer this prayer, first for yourself and then for another whom you care about,” said Farley Jones, president of PREF. “Then offer it for the people of our island so that — starting with individuals — an island of peace, a culture of peace and a world of peace might emerge.”
The Pacific Rim Education Foundation sponsors educational programs, funds charitable activities and supports practices that nurture love, wisdom and peace within individuals and families, and which promote understanding and connectedness among communities. For more information visit www.prefpeace.org.