"In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit," prayed a group of about a dozen people.
The power of prayer is why this small group supporting traditional marriage was compelled to stand before the Father Damien statue at the State Capitol.
"On Monday there will be the big rally, but this is just the prayer before the boisterous time. It is just a quiet simple prayer walking around the capitol. And it's in the spirit of Damien we know he prayed the rosary a lot," said John Ricco.
The group of Catholics marched under the banner of St. Damien Advocates before attending noon Mass at Our Lady of Peace.
"We thought there should be something during the day today, kind of a prelude. But also next week there should be prayers when session, when things are happening. That's the time to pray when things are happening," said Ricco.
At about the same time across town, students at the University of Hawaii were gathering signatures on a petition supporting equal rights for gay couples.
"I am straight and I don’t really have many gay friends who want to get married, but I still feel really passionate about this issue is human rights case. It's a right to get married and I believe gay people have that right too," said freshman Lisa Grandinetti.
Students were being encouraged to submit testimony to lawmakers on line.
"A few weeks ago there was a resolution brought to ASUH against gay marriage and I think that spurred a lot of discussion about the issue," Grandinetti said.
Grandinetti signed the petition and has been helping with the phone banks organized by Hawaii United for Marriage.