Finding Hope in the Darkest Hours! July 1, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Finding Hope in the Darkest


     Many people face an overwhelming reality of darkness in their lives from systematic injustices. Racism, hate, and violence are on the rise. It’s increasingly difficult to meet basic human needs – feeding a family, affording gas to get to work, paying rent, child care, medical care, etc. Add to that, global issues of a pandemic, climate catastrophe with its signatures of intense storms, heat waves, flooding, and droughts, not to mention endless wars with the increasing risk of global nuclear destruction. Needless to say, it’s not difficult to see why hope for a brighter future appears in question.

     How and where does one find hope in such trying times? Amid the darkness, overcoming a sense of futility is our first challenge. Small efforts really do matter.     Each one of us can contribute something for the greater good of all. By working together for the common good, we encourage and strengthen each other. In Hawaii, we build an ahu to honor those who came before us, one pohaku (rock) at a time. Many hands make light work. Every journey begins with a single step.

     The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted the philosopher, Thomas Carlyle – “No lie can live forever.” King said: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Like Gandhi and King, nonviolence (Kapu Aloha) needs to be our core guiding principle. The means we use in all our efforts must be in line with the end that we seek. The ends and means must cohere. War is not the way to peace. Violence only begets more violence.

     Today, many people are standing up in nonviolent struggles for peace, justice, and aloha ‘aina. Kanaka Maoli call for an end to more than 125 years of illegal US occupation of Hawaii, and to protect sacred sites like Mauna Kea from further desecration. Women are standing up for their rights. People are standing up for peace and a livable world. Stop the Bombing of Pohakuloa. Negotiate peace in Ukraine. Here in Hawaii, 25 countries are coming to join the US in destructive war games in and around Hawaii this July. It’s called RIMPAC 2022 –Rim of the Pacific, but many of the countries involved are part of NATO – the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This appears to be a strong message for China to NOT challenge US global domination or else! See more information about RIMPAC on our website and on Facebook at Stop RIMPAC and Cancel RIMPAC. We need to support one another for justice, peace, and the earth. And remember – Never give up!


  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian,
anti-Russian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world. Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622 Email to receive our posts. For more information

July 1, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1083– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office