Honoka'a community pays respect to Hiroshima, Japan

Creating 199,000 origami cranes

Published  10:04 PM HST Aug 05, 2013
Origami
HONOKA`A, Hawaii -

Tuesday marks 68 years since the atomic bomb that devastated Hiroshima, Japan. A community on the Big Island is paying it's respects in a big way.

199,000 is the number of origami cranes being handmade at the Honoka'a Hongwanji. 199,000 is also the number of casualties caused by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

"We're doing 1,000 cranes for Sadako who died from the bomb," says Daniel Miranda.

This was just the start of the Peace Committee's year-long project that plans to send all of the paper cranes to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan by next August, in memory of those who died that day including Sadako Sasaki.

Sasaki is the little girl who survived the bombing that once tried to make 1,000 paper cranes to represent world peace. She died of leukemia before the project was complete, but her dream has since lived on.

"They can empathize with Sadako because she's around the same age that they are and it teaches them a little bit about the war," says Courtney Shinde, a Buddhist team instructor.

"To be peaceful, world peace, not to use the nuclear weapon, don't drop the bomb. Children learn so many things about the nuclear energy, nuclear weapon, that's a very important thing," says Hiroko Inami, a WWII survivor.

On Oahu, a Peace Bell Ceremony will take place on Aug. 6, for the 68th Anniversary of the bombing. This will be at the Izumo Tai-shakyo Mission on Kukui Street starting at 11 a.m.

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