Ukraine was invaded by Russia on the 24th of February 2022 in an all out military assault. It was an unprovoked act of violence and war. As in all wars, it is the innocent civilians that suffer most. We of the Elder's Council of Traditional Hawaiian Healers and our interfaith collaborators believe that the power of Prayer is stronger than the power of any military. Let us all pray together for those who are suffering as a result of this invasion and that this conflict end immediately in a peaceful way.
The video below is the recording of last year's Pray4Peace via zoom. If the video fails to play, you can click this link.
5pm - Oli (chant) begins by the Chair of the Kupuna Council, Kamaki Kanahele, followed by his Hawaiian prayer. - 5:05 Kahu Dr. Terry Shintani (me) will make opening remarks and Introductions 5:10 Fr. Philip Harmon, Ukrainian Orthdox Priest 5:12 Dame Joanne Tachibana, President of UN Association, Hawaii 5: 14 Dr. Raj Kumar, Founder, Gandhi Institute for Peace 5:15 Bishop Ernie Silva, of the Franciscan Society of St. Damien 5:18 Rev. Anke Flohr, Executive Director, Pacific Health Ministry 5:20 Her Grace Madana Sundari, former President of ISKCON temple 5:22 Rabbi Jennifer Weiner, Temple Emmanuel 5:24 Rev. Sharon Suzuki of Shinnyo en Buddhist 5:26 Rev, Dr. Haaheo Guanson 5:28 From the Philippines, Rev. Lanilane Ocbina, Menschville Missions 5:30 From Kenya, Ephraim Kihahu, Missionary to Order of St. John 5:32 From Nevada Explanation of amplification of prayers by Dr. Sandra Michael 5:35 Whole World: Prayer Minute for the whole world to Pray for Peace together.
5:37 Prayer from Native American Elder David Mulinix 5:39 Closing remarks and prayer by Kahu, Dr. Terry Shintani, Senior Clergy, Elders’ Council Traditional Hawaiian Healers Mahalo Terry Shintani, MD, JD, MPH
LET US ALL SEND THE “FREQUENCY” OF PEACE AROUND THE WORLD BY PRAYING TOGETHER AND DECLARE PEACE (INSTEAD OF DECLARING WAR). IN THIS WAY YOU AND WE CAN TOGETHER CREATE WORLD PEACE. PLEASE JOIN US IN THIS PRAYER ON DEC 8,AT 8 AM. (HST).
On Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Hawaii was bombed at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Declared war which marked the beginning of the worst war in the history of the world, World War II. After learning the lessons of the horrors of war, we feel that a better response is to now declare peace on the world. Technology has made the world smaller and each person more capable of making an impact throughout the world. We ask you to mobilize your spiritual strength and pray with us for peace this December 8 on the anniversary of the declaration of the start of World War II. We want everyone to Declare Peace on the world. What better place to start than Hawaii where the bombs fell that triggered the declaration of the worst war in history.
We believe that the power of prayer is greater than
the power of guns and missiles and bombs.
We wish to fight hate with love.
We wish to send our missiles of prayer against any missiles of harm.
We wish to fight war with peace.
In modern times we realize that thoughts are things and the prayer is concentrated thought and therefore has the ability to manifest outcomes in the physical world and on Earth.
A nuclear explosion requires a "critical mass" of fissionable or fusionable material such as plutonium or hydrogen.
We believe that a similar principle holds in the spiritual world that a "critical mass" of people praying for an outcome will cause that outcome to occur. We must be aware that the laws of equal and opposite reaction applies in the spiritual world as it does in the physical world. So if prayers are for positive outcomes, positive backwash will occur.
Thus our prayers have to be positive - filled with love and
Akahai, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
Lôkahi, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
Olu`olu, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
Ha`aha`a, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
Ahonui, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
"Wars are bound to happen as the Bible prophesies but we pray that all the innocent especially the kids will be spared and saved from all the mess that humanity has done.. in Jesus' name"
- Lani O. (Philippines)
My prayer request is for God's comfort, hope, peace, and strength.. And also for God's provision for all their needs to reconstruct their houses and for their daily needs...
Lenelyn C. (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Dear God, We pray for those hurting and broken, for those in needs and suffering, for those people affected by war and injustice may you comfort them and protect them. And at the middle of this discomfort your grace and love to them will always prevail. So that they will see how you move in their life and their broken relationship to you will be restored and turn back again to their father in heaven. This we pray in Jesus name. Amen
- Mark Z. (Philippines)
"I pray for all mankind to have a clear understanding on what is most important. To care for lives instead of ambitions. and respect one another rather than test which one is more powerful. Let them be guided by your words and the Holy spirit to realize that this world should be filled with love and not hate and should be governed with sharing and peace and not greed and war. Lord I also pray for the victims of the cruelty of wars that they may have the strength to endure the struggles and came past all the pain as they lean on to you, guide them with your light that they may see your goodness despite of the great challenges."
- Jason O. , Saudi Arabia
You may post your "Prayer4Peace" here using your facebook, twitter, disqus or google account so others will see it at real time. With this, we can pray together for peace instead of war.
Eat 4 Peace
It will be helpful to follow a clean diet before any important prayer or before prayer and fasting. Many spiritual belief systems believe that eating right will elevate the spirit and strengthen prayer. For example, the Shao-lin monks would eat no animal products. In China they have “Jai” which is “monk’s food”. In Japan, they have “shojin ryori” which is “spiritual development meals”. In Christianity in the book of Daniel, a meatless diet seemed to elevate Daniel’s spirit. (see below) This type of diet is described in the book at www.PeaceDiet.org. all proceeds from the sale of this book go to support this prayer effort.
In the book of Daniel, an Old Testament story of the Holy Bible, Daniel and his friends consumed a plant-based diet for 10 days. At the end of this time, he and his friends were judged to be healthier-looking and 10 times smarter than those who ate rich food from the King’s table. Daniel later was able to save the lives of King Nebuchadnezzar’s advisors by giving the King an interpretation of his dreams. Daniel pointed out that he was able to receive the interpretation that came from God. No one can say for certain that his diet helped to open his spiritual connection to God, but who can say that the diet did not help? – Dr. Terry Shintani