Current Opportunities

Student Peacebuilding Competition

The Pono Pono Peace Initiative is excited to announce that we will be hosting the 1st Annual Student Peacebuilding Competition at BYU-Hawaii in Fall 2024!

This is a competition where BYUH peacebuilding students develop and propose projects and organizations focused on peacebuilding - bringing peace to a space or geography where it is needed. The contest is open to any BYUH peacebuilding major or minor students.

What We Do

The Pono Pono Peace Initiative works to create opportunities to grow the impact of peacebuilding in the Pacific region. This includes:

- Developing projects with community partners

- Supporting students with internships, scholarships, and competitions.

- Organizing workshops, seminars, and trainings for students, professionals, and the community

- Hosting peacebuilding conferences and symposiums that focus on peacebuilding and related topics

What Does Pono Pono Mean?

In Hawaiian, when two words are placed side by side, their meaning is deepened or emphasized. The Hawaiian concept of "pono" is understood to mean balance and righteousness. "Pono Pono" therefore extends pono to a deeper level and reminds us that to have Pono Pono peace, it is not enough to avoid conflict or do right; we need to do more to create peace. It is not enough to remove the weeds; we must plant the flowers and food of peace. Pono Pono is inspired by a principle similar to positive peace - that it is not just the absence of conflict, but the presence of the attitudes, institutions, and structures that create and sustain peaceful, equitable societies.

Pono Pono is a call to be a positive influence in peacebuilding, to be a part of the movement towards a more peaceful existence in our homes, work, schools, and communities. Positive peace is the flourishing of communities, the equitable distribution of resources, and the upholding of universal human rights. It is not just the silence after the guns have been silenced, but the symphony of a people living in harmony. Pono Pono reminds us that to achieve this, we must do more than simply avoid conflict or do what is right; we must actively work to create the conditions for peace to thrive.