Wire Service: AP
Hawaii is celebrating its inaugural "Islam Day," which was created by state lawmakers over the objections of those who said the religion shouldn't be honored.
The festivities Thursday included a canned food collection for the Hawaii Food Bank, hand painting, a comedy skit and a panel discussion on "Coexistence in a Pluralistic Society."
The event was held at Ala Moana Beach Park. There was no government funding or involvement beyond the legislative resolution designating Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day.