Memorial to include prayers for school
Participants in a "Day of Pule" tomorrow at Mauna Ala will offer prayers for divine help to support Kamehameha Schools' admission policy.
The 6 p.m. event at the Royal Mausoleum (2261 Nuuanu Ave.) will memorialize the death of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop 121 years ago. The program of prayers and hymns will be sponsored by the Oahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.
The "Day of Pule" was organized by the Native Hawaiian Legal Defense & Education Fund and will be observed by Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association chapters in Hilo and several mainland cities.
Spokeswoman Nalani Kahoano Gersaba said the Oahu event is not intended to be a political rally.
The "Day of Pule" supports the school's appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A panel of three judges of the federal court declared the school's Hawaiians-only policy to be discriminatory. The school has asked for the whole court to hear its appeal and overturn that ruling.
Couple interprets Gospel through jazz
Jazz music and the Gospel will be interwoven in a concert and workshop at Chaminade University.
Singer ValLimar Jansen, former star in Broadway musicals, and her husband, jazz pianist Frank Jansen, use drama and music to retell biblical stories and offer reflections on being modern-day disciples of Jesus. The stories and theological reflections are punctuated with jazz renditions of new and old hymns.
Their concert, "Creation, Redemption & Following the Call," will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at Mystical Rose Oratory on the university's Kaimuki campus. The performance is free and open to the public. Parking is available.
The Jansens will present a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29. "You Gotta Move: Spirituality of the Arts" will offer theological reflections and practical advice for music ministers, clergy and teachers on using drama and music in liturgy. It is open to the public. The cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Box lunches will be provided for those who register by Oct. 24. Call Brother Dennis Schmitz at 735-4801 for registration information or visit marianisthawaii.org.
Doctor will share his relation to religion
A Honolulu physician will reflect on connections between his career and religious belief at the 10th annual Thanksgiving and Gratitude Seminar next weekend at Haleiwa Shingon Mission.
"Religion, Medicine and the Call of Buddhism: A Personal Odyssey" will be the topic of Dr. Danny Takanishi Jr., chairman of the surgery department of the University of Hawaii School of Medicine and interim director of the trauma center at the Queen's Medical Center.
The seminar, from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 23, will present talks about Buddhism in the modern world. The event at the mission at 66-469 Paalaa Road in Haleiwa is free and open to the public. Lunch is free, but reservations are requested for planning purposes. Call 637-4423.
Also on the program:
» Jay Sakashita will discuss "Needs Met, Desires Unfulfilled: The Changing Role of Buddhism in Hawaii." He is an instructor of religion at Leeward Community College.
» George Tanabe Jr. will tell "A Buddhist Story of Forgiveness." He is a University of Hawaii religion professor.
» Sayaka Iwata, a lecturer at Taisho University in Japan, will also speak.
Film series examines food production
A Church of the Crossroads film series that explores the sustainability of Earth's resources will continue at 7 p.m. Monday with "Deconstructing Supper," a documentary on the billion-dollar competition to control global food production.
The film follows chef John Bishop in travels from farmers' fields to biotech laboratories to supermarkets to explore the economics, politics and ethics of food production.
A discussion of the film will follow. Cost is $5.
The series, co-sponsored by Season for Peace and Nonviolence, will continue on Oct. 31 with a 2004 Canadian film, "Go Further," focusing on energy consumption and conservation. Actor Woody Harrelson takes a road trip in a bus operating on biodiesel and hemp oil fuel.