Hawaii celebrates spirit of unity on Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

People enjoyed the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday with a unity rally at Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

The day started, as always, with a parade from Magic Island, down Ala Moana Blvd. to Kalakaua Ave., and ending at the park.

This year’s theme, “Honor, all of Sisters and Brothers,” is being celebrated with speeches, entertainment and lots of food.

Participant Laura Alexander said “I think, as a race, we’re transformed into a higher consciousness and it’s very important that we lose sight of the color of our skin, or our economic position, and come together as a unified force to make this world a better place for all of us.

“I feel like I experienced that here in Hawaii, where there’s multicultural individuals coming together in the aloha spirit. That’s what I would like to spread throughout the United States,” she said.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist and humanitarian. He also received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality.

King was assassinated in 1968. He was 39 years old.

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