On May 5, over 80 families and guests gathered at Halau ‘O Haumea, an open auditorium of the Hawaiian Studies Department of University of Hawaii at Manoa for the first annual True Family Values Banquet: “World Peace through True Marriage.” This open auditorium, known as a sacred place among Hawaiian people, was a very appropriate place to hold a celebration banquet for the 58th True Parents’ Holy Wedding Anniversary.
The program was started with the Hawaiian Blessing, a Hawaiian styled prayer by Pastor Sage Chee, pastor of Ohana Family of the Living God Ministry.
During the dinner, congratulatory letters from top leaders from America’s unification movement – Dr. Ki Hoon Kim and Rev. Richard Buessing (Family Federation for a Heavenly USA), Dr. Michael Jenkins (American Clergy Leadership Conference), Tom McDeviit (Watshington Times), Richard de Sena (Universal Peace Federation USA) and Angelika Salle (Women’s Federation for World Peace USA) were introduced by emcee for the night, Rev. Ernie Ho, coordinator of American Clergy Leadership Conference Honolulu.
After the dinner, two prominent civic leaders gave congratulatory remarks. Dr. Saleem Ahmed, founder of All Believers Network, spoke on the contribution of Rev. & Mrs. Moon to global peace. Hon. Mike Gabbard, State Senator of Hawaii, emphasized the importance of faith in God for a successful marriage.
Rev. Kazuo Takami, District Pastor of FFWPU Hawaii, gave the main speech. He first showed the rare colored video footage of Father and Mother Moon’s Holy Wedding taken in 1960. Then he introduced the historic works of Father and Mother Moon and illustrated the world-wide movement created by them as “Blessing Movement” from the perspectives of “One Family Under God” and “Family is the School of Love.”
At the end of his speech, Rev. Takami challenged couples in the audience to receive the Marriage Blessing on the spot. In response, two fine couples stood up.
Dr. Saleem and Yasmin Ahmed, and Pastor Sage and Darnel Chee accepted the invitation. The celebration for True Parents’ Holy Wedding Anniversary was concluded as a wonderful blessing ceremony.
A beautiful duet “The Prayer” offered by Donna & Gary Nanod accompanied by Dr. Anne Lum of Kapiolani Community College enhanced the atmosphere of joyful celebration for both Holy Wedding Anniversary and the Marriage Blessing ceremony.
The idea of holding a special program actually started with True Mother. One month ago, she gave special financial gifts to the Hawaii communities to celebrate True Parents’ 58th Holy Wedding Anniversary. In response with gratitude, both Honolulu Family Church and Kona Family Church respectively hosted public banquet programs to testify to the Holy Wedding of True Parents – The Marriage Supper of Lamb.
Hawaii communities are so grateful for this special opportunity. Each participant was greatly inspired by the program. I hope that this celebration becomes tradition of Hawaii communities as an important annual event in Hawaii.
Submitted by Rev. Kazuo Takami