The Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace is an academic community designed to explore, develop and share knowledge of Peace through teaching, research, publication, and public service. In doing so, it seeks to promote Peace personally, locally, nationally, and globally through compassionate and nonviolent means. By addressing the major issues of conflict management, community building, and the reduction of violence, the Matsunaga Institute for Peace draws closer to its goal: a world at Peace.
Recognizing the urgent and universal desire for Peace in the world, the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai’i established the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace in 1986. Situated at the crossroads of the Pacific, surrounded by varied cultures, religions and a diversity of political and economic systems, the Matsunaga Institute for Peace has a unique opportunity to explore new and creative ways of building a world where all are free to realize their individual dignity.