by a yellow satin cloth and tied with a red velvet ribbon, the object
of our endeavor had not yet been unveiled. A green marble plaque beneath
the discreetly wrapped cloth bore witness that: "On October 25,
1993, Mayor Frank Fasi bestowed upon Suma Ching Hai the World Peace
Award, honorary citizenship and this sculpture to honor her as an internationally
renowned humanitarian. In 1996, Mayor Jeremy Harris designated this
site for the sculpture.
it serve as a reminder of the love and compassion we should strive to
achieve in the "Gathering Place" as she has demonstrated through
philanthropic acts around the world."
ceremony was held in the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu on October
25th -- the Third Anniversary of Ching Hai Day. The festive throng of
celebrates dressed handsomely for this occasion. The official representative
from the Mayor's office, Mr. Russell, Assistant Coordinator of Culture
and The Arts, rendered a speech with congratulations to this meaningful
event. With a swift snip, the ribbon was cut and yellow veil was removed
to reveal an artistic representation of Suma Ching Hai -- another manifestation
of Her grace.
dedication to this event, beautifully composed songs were sung and a
lovely hula dancing was performed, highly appreciated by the guests
and host. A sumptuous vegetarian feast, so lovingly prepared and meticulously
displayed to convey the most kind friendship, was served. People casually
walked about, enjoying the lovely decorations in the Garden as they
savoured the delicious meal.
fruitful conclusion all comes from Your glory. Bathing in Your loving
atmosphere, one should remind oneself to be grateful of Your meticulous
loving care. The disciples throughout the world can only practice more
diligently and share God's grace with more brothers and sisters.