Walk aims to help homeless people
Members of several churches and community groups will begin an annual 10-day walk Wednesday, circling Oahu to raise awareness of the needs of homeless people.
"Walk the Talk -- Shelter the People" was initiated by Utu Langi, manager of the state's Next Step homeless shelter in Kakaako. It is organized by the H5 -- Hawaii Helping the Hungry Have Hope -- project of First United Methodist Church.
It will begin at 6 a.m. at the state Capitol. Each day, walkers will cover about 13 miles and spend the night at a host church along the route. Participants may join the march along the way for a day or part of a day. Information about the route is available at www.WalkTheTalkHawaii.org. Registration information is available from Jen Harris, 781-9916.
Pledge money collected by participants will go to support the H5 Bus Project, which will convert former tour buses to housing for homeless people.
Memorial service honors patients
An interfaith service will be held Friday to remember more than 1,000 people who died in the St. Francis Hospice program in the past year.
The 7 p.m. "Roses for Remembrance" service at St. Stephen Church, 2747 Pali Highway, is open to the public. In the 20-year tradition of the service, families and friends may dedicate a rose for each deceased person.
The service will be led by the Rev. George Busto Jr. of St. Francis Hospice, the Rev. Richard Tennes of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and the Rev. Lori Wong of Universal Life Church. Singer Skylark will provide music.
It is sponsored annually during National Hospice/Palliative Care Month.
Buddhist center offers symposium
The subject of Buddhism will be discussed by educators who teach about it, in a symposium next Saturday at the Buddhist Study Center, 1436 University Ave.
The presentation, from 9 to 11 a.m., will feature University of Hawaii professors Helen Baroni, chairwoman of the Religion Department; Michel Mohr; and Chanju Mun. Peiper Toyama, principal of the Pacific Buddhist Academy, will be moderator.
The symposium, sponsored by the Hawaii Association of International Buddhists, is free and open to the public.