About Pillars of Peace Hawaii

Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit is part of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation initiative, “Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha,” which launched in April 2012 with the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

A cornerstone of Pillars of Peace Hawaii is an ongoing series of visits by prominent peace leaders. Each visit is an opportunity to demonstrate and share the values, beliefs, and spirit of aloha that help to make Hawaii a place where diverse groups of people co-exist peacefully. At the same time, it’s a chance to learn from the experiences of others who are seeking to achieve peace and inspire compassion in people around the world.

Ultimately, Pillars of Peace Hawaii aims to be a catalyst for understanding more about the roles of compassion, diversity, and culture in the practice of peace.

Pillars of Peace Hawaii is sponsored by the Hawaii Community Foundation through a lead grant from the Omidyar Ohana Fund and other funders. The visionaries for this initiative, Pierre and Pam Omidyar, launched Pillars of Peace Hawaii by extending an invitation to the Dalai Lama, and serving as hosts for his 2012 visit to Oahu.


Peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty.

Aung San Suu Kyi


About the name "Pillars of Peace Hawaii"

The word “pillars” in the title of this program can be thought of in two ways. “Pillars” can refer to individuals who take a strong stand for peace through hard work and advocacy. “Pillars” also refers to elements of peace that can be translated into practice; these include compassion, nonviolence, interdependence, tolerance, and what we in Hawaii call the "Spirit of Aloha.”