About Pillars of Peace Hawaii

“Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha” was launched by the Hawaii Community Foundation in April 2012. We hope to inspire people--from keiki (children) to kupuna (elders)--to cultivate compassion, mindfulness and justice in their daily lives and better understand the roles of diversity and culture in the practice of peace.

A cornerstone of Pillars of Peace Hawaii is an ongoing series of visits by prominent peace leaders. Each visit is an opportunity to exchange peace-building wisdom and practices. Our visitors get to experience Hawaii’s unique history and multiculturalism and we get to learn from the experiences of leaders who are working to help build peace, defend human rights, and speak out against injustices around the world.

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.”    

Global peace leaders visit Hawaii

Thus far, our community has been fortunate enough to welcome Nobel Peace Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2012 and Aung San Suu Kyi in 2013. Other events involving Pillars of Peace include visits by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and John Hunter (founder of the World Peace Game for students).

In 2014, Hawaii is being honored with a visit by three distinguished members of The Elders--Gro Harlem Brundtland, Hina Jilani, and Desmond Tutu. While they share a common commitment to peace and universal human rights, they bring with them a wealth of diverse expertise and experience. To learn more about The Elders, visit www.theelders.org.

Pillars of Peace Hawaii is sponsored by the Hawaii Community Foundation through a lead grant from the Omidyar Ohana Fund


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