The Bicentenary

Gold Star Maile Lei - Baha'i Faith Bicentennary What is the Bicentenary?

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah. Bahá’ís are celebrating this significant anniversary with celebrations around the world, including throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Why is the Bicentenary Important?

Baha’u’llah’s teachings revolve around the oneness of humanity, and His Revelation signals a special time in history as the entire human race moves to a new stage in its collective maturity.

The challenges and tribulations of this transitional phase in the story of humanity resemble the changes encountered as a person passes through adolescence and becomes an adult. Bahá’ís understand the world to be on the threshold of an age in which education for all, equality of women and men, a just and equitable system of governing the earth, and upholding science and religion will be among the values and achievements of a prosperous and peaceful society.

Baha’iʻs believe that throughout history God has sent to humanity a series of divine Educators – known as Manifestations of God — whose teachings have provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. These Manifestations have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad.

Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the world come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God. Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the future of society and of the nature and purpose of life. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh. Among them, “Let your vision be world embracing…

Bicentenary Websites

We invite you to look at these websites that provide additional information about the Bicentenary.

Bicentenary Events in Hawaii (Listed by Island)


Friday, October 20, 2017

Screening of the Life of Baha’u’llah
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Doaks residence
Details: Everyone is welcome

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dawn Prayers and Pancake Breakfast
Time: 6:00 am
Location: The Polak residence
Details: Everyone is welcome

Birth of the Báb: Light of Unity Children’s Festival
Time: 1:00 pm ~ 3:00 pm
Location: Pana’ewa Zoo Pavilion, Hilo, Hawaii
Details: A make-and-take puppet craft activity for the children, music, face painting, snacks and more.

Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahaullah
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: The Waiaka House, South Kohala
Hosts: The Baha’i’s of South Kohala

Dinner, Ka’u Baha’i Video (Unity Through Service) and Musical Presentation
Time: 5:30 pm ~ 8:00 pm
Location: Pahala Community Center, Pahala, HI
Details: Open to the public.  Please RSVP with Sandra Demoruelle at, or call (808) 285-6463.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Light of Unity Festival Celebrating the 200th Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh
Time: 1:00 pm ~ 4:00 pm
Location: Pahoa Community Center, Pahoa Village
Details: Buffet meal and entertainment, including music, hula and comedy


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah
Time: 12:30 pm
Details: By Invitation Only

Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
Details: RSVP to 808-639-3990
Hosts: Baha’i’s of Kawaihau


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Luminary Celebration
Time: 5:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm (Dinner served 5:00 pm ~ 7:00 pm)
Location: Lana’i ILWU Union Hall
Details: Please RSVP by October 10, 2017
Hosts: Baha’i’s of Lana’i


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Museum Exhibition of the Baha’i Faith
Time: 11:00 am ~ 3:00 pm, Program with Dignitaries 11:30 am ~ 12:00 pm
Location: Hui Noeau Art Center, Makawao, Maui
Details: For more information call (808) 572-1111

Friday, October 20, 2017

Potluck Celebration
Time: 4:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm
Location: Haliimaile Community Center
Details: BBQ, children’s games, Pohnpeiian dancing.  For information call (808) 572-1111.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bicentenary BBQ
Time: 11:00 am ~ 2:00 pm
Location: Honokowai Beach Park, Lahaina, Maui
Details: Everyone welcome
Hosts: Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i’s of Lahaina

“Light to the World”
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: UH Maui College, Auditorium (Room 144)
Details: For information call (808) 572-1111

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Peace Festival Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah
Time: 3:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm
Location: Wailuku Community Center, Wailuku
Details: The public is welcome.
Hosts: Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i’s of Wailuku


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bicentenary Celebration at Keawanui Fishpond
Time: 3:00 pm ~ after sunset
Location: Keawanui Fishpond, Kamehameha V Hwy, East End – Mile 12
Details: Open to all.  Includes a sunset supper of heavy pupus.  Includes Makahiki games, art activities and a screening of a film about Baha’u’llah


Friday, October 20, 2017

Light to the World- A film to celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: National Baha’i Center, 3264 Allan Pl, Honolulu, HI 96817
Details: Open to Public.  For more information call (808) 393-3181.

Bicentenary Celebration
Time: Evening
Location: Kuhio Park Terrace, 1485 Linapuni St, Honolulu, HI 96819
Details: A neighborhood activity and evening celebration with children and junior youth presentations.  For more information call (808) 639-1735

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Morning Prayer Hike
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Nuuanu Cemetary to Kawaiahao Cemetary where significant Bahá’ís are buried
Details: Open to the public.  For more information call (808) 351-3439

Twin Luminaries Art Show I
Time: Opening Reception Sunday, November 5th, 3:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm
Dates: Show runs from October 20 to November 8
Location: Bridge Gallery, Hamilton Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Details: Open to the public.  For more information call (808) 393-3181.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Morning Children’s Class Concert
Time: Morning
Location: TBA
Details: Neighborhood activity

Community Potluck Picnic Celebration
Time: 12:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm
Location: Picnic Sites 39 & 40, Ala Moana Park, Magic Island, Honolulu, HI
Details: Please bring a dish to share.  Children’s activities, lei making, games, face painting and more!  Live performances by Jeff Peterson, Kuhio Travis, Danny Karvalho, Keola Mau, and Duane Padilla.  Open to the public. For more information call (808) 382-8199.

Bicentenary Celebration Reception
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Franciscan Vistas ‘Ewa Community Center, 91-1471 Miula St, ‘Ewa Beach. On-street parking.
Details: All welcome. For more information call or text 808-354- 3119.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Twin Luminaries Art Show II
Time: Opening Reception Sunday, November 16th, 6:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm
Dates: Show runs from November 1 to December 1
Location: Hawaii State Library
Details: Open to the public.  For more information call (808) 393-3181.