Hawai'i Forgiveness Project


main organization contact:
Michael North; 808-638-7100


Roger Epstein; 808-521-9222

2013: Press Releases



JULY 24, 2013; HONOLULU HAWAII: The 11th Annual Hawaii International Forgiveness Day will take place at the outdoor Rotunda in the heart of the State Capitol of Hawai’i -- on Sunday, August 4, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Queen Lili’uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawai’i, is being honored for her courage, steadfast visions of peace for her people, and her ability to stand as a model of forgiveness.

"People divided by the deep wounds of a tragedy need to express their anger and hurt to one another in a dialogue that would hopefully lead to resolution, said Meleanna Aluli Meyer, a project organizer and local filmmaker."

Previous Press Releases,
Press Coverage


JULY 19, 2012; HONOLULU HAWAII: The State Capitol Rotunda will host the 10th Annual Hawaii International Forgiveness Day -- on Sunday, August 5, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.


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Rosebuds Theme Image
Event Announcement Poster
Keynote Speaker Lyla Berg
Special Presenter Keola Beamer
Hero of Forgiveness Sister Joan Chatfield
Hero of Forgiveness Chuck Spezzano
Hero of Forgiveness Sooriya
Rosepetals Theme Image

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Feature:
Three Heroes Embody Forgiveness

MEDIA ADVISORY, July 30, 2010

Forgiveness Day Highlights: Heroes Awards and
Keynote from Kanu Hawaii
Free community festival, with dinner for all,
offered at UH Manoa, Sunday August 1

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July 22, 2009

Free family festival demonstrates
The Practice of Forgiveness,
Highlights rare Hawaiian ceremony, Recognizes Heroes

2. Selected Previous Press Stories

Hawaii Celebrates Power of Forgiveness
Honolulu Advertiser article July 19, 2004

Heroes of Forgiveness Honored
Honolulu Advertiser, August 7, 2006

Forgiveness Hailed as Path to Healing
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 8, 2005

A Recipe for Peace
front page story
Honolulu Star-Bulletin August 7, 2006

3. Forgiveness Stories
electronic book

published in Hawai'i since 2004
stories of the power of forgiveness from around the world,
including several from Hawai'i, and King Kamehameha

click here to see free download options

4. Background:
International Forgiveness Day

from other websites

Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance

"The F Word" Exhibition

Forgiveness -- defined?

Historic background --
The First Hawaii International Forgiveness Day

held in Honolulu, August 2003

click here for press story from the Honolulu Advertiser (PDF format)
click here for original press release, 2003 (PDF format)
click here for San Francisco release, 2004

5. Photos, Graphics

Event Poster: (2009) Announcement, Participants, with Graphics

Jade Blossoms

Japanese/Chinese “forgiveness” character used
on the website and posters

Heroes of Forgiveness
Three Heroes

The Practice of Forgiveness

IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre
Spirito Manifesto

Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner
Owana Salazar

Arts Awards Winners, 2009
Image Montage

Halau o Haumea at UH Manoa
Halau o Haumea

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6. Video

Forgiveness Video Gallery: a selection of short videos from Hawaii and around the world

Visions of Forgiveness: short excerpts from three episodes produced by 'Olelo Community Television about International Forgiveness Day