HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.240           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION

COMMENDING PROJECT DANA FOR TEN YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE
   ELDERLY AND DISABLED PERSONS.



 1       WHEREAS, in 1989, the Moiliili Hongwanji Temple, through
 2   the leadership of individuals like Shimeji Kanazawa, Makoto
 3   Kunimune, and Rose Nakamura, initiated a volunteer-based
 4   program named "PROJECT DANA", which is the Buddhist term for
 5   "selfless giving", to provide a variety of support services to
 6   elderly and disabled persons; and
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 8       WHEREAS, PROJECT DANA is supported by more than 600
 9   volunteers who provide services to more than 700 people
10   annually, and who work together with over 100 public and
11   private agencies, hospitals, churches, and governmental
12   agencies; and
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14       WHEREAS, PROJECT DANA has, with continuous momentum and
15   hard work by volunteers, established 20 sites in Hawaii and two
16   sites in California, with additional sites scheduled for
17   opening in the near future; and
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19       WHEREAS, since 1989, over 700 PROJECT DANA volunteers have
20   given of their skills, spirituality, and life experiences to
21   benefit 3,000 people; and
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23       WHEREAS, PROJECT DANA was named one of the "Best Practice
24   Caregiving Programs in the Nation" at the First National
25   Volunteer Summit in June 1998 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and
26   has been invited to participate in the 1999 International Year
27   of Older Persons organized by the United Nations; and
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29       WHEREAS, PROJECT DANA will observe its Tenth Anniversary in
30   November 1999; now, therefore,
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32       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
33   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
34   of 1999, that this body hereby expresses its heartfelt
35   gratitude to PROJECT DANA, its organizers, and volunteers who
36   have selflessly given their time, energy, and compassion to
37   preserve the dignity and well-being of the elderly and disabled
38   residents of the State of Hawaii.
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