Big Isle students win Catholic arts contest
Ten Big Island students were to be honored today at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Atlanta for creating a 10-minute DVD about homelessness in Hawaii.
The project by the confirmation class at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Kailua-Kona won the grand prize in the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development's Multimedia Youth Arts contest. The campaign is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Their production, "Let Their Voices be Heard! Public Housing and Homelessness in Hawaii" will be used throughout the Honolulu Catholic diocese for a Department of Social Ministry education program. The St. Michael's teenagers will show the DVD at rallies and describe their petition drive to improve housing conditions and end homelessness. Their petitions will be presented to Gov. Linda Lingle.
A $1,000 award will be shared by the winners: Bridget Clarke, Miyeko Inafuku, Benjamin Agdeppa, Steven Alves, Alanna Bender, Jared Crivello, Daniel Guillen, Mary Kaulia, Angelica Soto and Matt Rodderick.
Churches holding fall benefit bazaars
Fall fairs that will open around Oahu next Saturday will benefit churches programs and bargain hunters alike.
» Pearl City Hongwanji Mission, 858 2nd St., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handmade crafts and sushi, pickled vegetables, baked goods, jams and jellies will be sold by the women's organization. Plants, cut flowers and produce will also be available.
» Manoa Valley Church, 2728 Huapala St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Craft and Harvest Fair will include a gift boutique, silent auction and rummage sale of books and CDs, clothing and white-elephant items. Sushi, preserves and baked goods will be sold, and a variety of hot lunches will be available.
» Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handmade quilts and handcrafted gifts, as well as white-elephant items will be sold in the annual Church Bazaar. The sale also offers plants, books, baked goods and other food items, a silent auction and KauKau Korner.
Interfaith groups host peace event
"Peace Through Kindness" will be the theme of speakers tomorrow at the annual Peace Prayer Day sponsored by Hawaii Conference of Religions for Peace.
The Rev. Yuki Hamada, Punahou School chaplain, will be keynote speaker at the gathering at 4 p.m. at Gedatsu Church, 6095 Summer St.
Also speaking will be Saleem Ahmed of All Believers Network, the Rev. Irene Matsumoto of Palolo Kwannon Temple, Sue Blocki McKenna of Aloha Path Ministries and Koriaki Yano of the Church of Perfect Liberty. The Oahu Civic Orchestra and the musical trio Horizon will perform.
The Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii is co-sponsor of the event traditionally held to coincide with the celebration of United Nations Day.
The event is open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food donations for food pantry distribution. A potluck dinner will follow.