Hawaii attempts to make record-breaking peace sign

Published On: Jan 30 2013 11:25:09 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 20 2013 09:37:47 PM HST

Following in the message of peace that Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, 6,000 people are needed to create the world's largest human peace sign at Kapiolani Park on Monday.

It's more than a project for the man behind the effort, it's become personal.  Eric Butler says in the year since he began planning for the record, the project has taken on a life of its own.
"It just started out to be a fun thing," said Butler. "A lot of people are just going to show up so I have absolutely no idea how many people are actually really going to show up,"
Butler is planning on creating the world's largest human peace sign using the large field at Kapiolani Park.  The current record is held by 5,814 people in Ithaca, New York.  Butler is aiming for 6,000 peace-loving bodies to gather at the park at noon Monday.
"That's more of what it is all about. Each individual standing up here is actually standing up for world peace," said Butler.
Butler and his non-profit organization, World Peace Plan, sees this as a launching pad for bigger plans to raise global consciousness about peace - creating a human peace sign in India next, then Japan, Rio, Morocco, eventually Gaza.
Butler said the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School seems to have triggered an emotional appeal for peace for many. He said he's seen a surge in support since then.  
"It's time for world peace," said Butler.
And he's inviting everyone who comes to view tomorrow's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade to follow the final float to Kapiolani Park.
The plan is to have people gather starting at 11am.  A helicopter will take the aerial photo at noon.  

It takes the Guinness officials anywhere from three weeks to three months to confirm a world record.  Whether or not a record is broken, Butler hopes to make a statement of peace.


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