Preventing nuclear war theme of event

BILL DURSTON, M.D., Will give keynote talk

Bill Durston, M.D., an activist for the prevention of nuclear war and gun violence, will give the keynote talk, titled “The Threat of Nuclear War — and What We Can Do to Prevent It,” at Maui’s annual commemoration on Aug. 5 of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The free, public event will be held at the Okinawa Cultural Center, 688 Nukuwai Place in Wailuku. A performance by Maui Taiko will start the program at 5:15 p.m.

Attendees coming earlier can learn to make origami peace cranes beginning at 4:30 p.m. Also featured are koto musicians Mika Inaba and Koko Wolbe and a choir of Marshall Islanders.

Tea and refreshments will be served to all afterward.

Durston co-founded the Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility in 2003 and has served both as president of PSR/Sacramento and as a member of the national PSR board of directors, the U.S. affiliate of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He is also co-founder and current president of the national organization Americans Against Gun Violence.

Mika Inaba (left) and Koko Wolbe will perform on the koto as part of the free program at the Okinawa Cultural Center in Wailuku.

The interfaith and multicultural program is sponsored by the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Committee, the Wailuku Jodo Mission, the Iao United Church of Christ, Rissho Kosei Kai, Maui Seasons for Peace and Maui Peace Action.