For those who believe in the power of peace and non-violence to transform the world, every action toward that goal can make a difference. And we, here in Honolulu, have an opportunity to take a small but positive step in that direction by restoring Gandhi’s statue in Kapiolani Park. This sculpture provides a wonderful opportunity to project his message of Peace but at present, it’s so dark you can barely see it from the street. I recognized this problem during the 2014 Gandhi Day celebration and put together a proposal to the Gandhi Institute which I’d like to share with you.
The first phase is to change the patina from near black to an earthy terracotta and set new informational plaques on the pedestal. That’s what we’re working toward right now.
The second phase involves some extensive masonry work to replace the concrete pavers around the pedestal with flagstone, building a new semicircular planter bench, adding overhead lighting, landscaping and irrigation. This is all to create a space that attracts visitors to come, spend time and have the opportunity to learn more about this great man and his message. In May, the Gandhi Institute approved this proposal and in July at a presentation to the City Art Commission, they unanimously voted for us to go ahead. By the nature of these things, the work will be gifted to the City & County of Honolulu and we need to find donors interested in helping it happen.
As part of the process of fund raising and completing this project, we have created Friends of the Gandhi Statue in Waikiki, LLC under the auspices of the Maitreya Institute, a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to presenting educational programs in art, healing and spirituality since 1984. Your contributions are, therefore, tax deductible. So please, take the time to read the proposal, feel free to email if you have questions and please donate. All the best and thank you for helping us take this small step toward spreading Mahatma Gandhi’s vital message of peace and non-violence.
Mahalo nui loa,
Project Manager of Friends of the Gandhi Statue in Waikiki, LLC