HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.R. NO.

20

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 


HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

 

COMMENDING THE HONPA HONGWANJI MISSION OF HAWAII FOR their CONTRIBUTIONS TO ADVANCING HAWAIIAN CULTURE.

 

 

 


WHEREAS, the HONPA HONGWANJI MISSION OF HAWAII shares the living teachings of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism so that all beings may enjoy lives of harmony, peace, and gratitude; and

 

WHEREAS, the HONPA HONGWANJI MISSION OF HAWAII was established in 1889 for the well-being of thousands of Japanese who had migrated to Hawaii, became a spiritual and cultural center of Japanese immigrant life, and grew into one of the most influential religious communities in Hawaii; and

 

WHEREAS, on May 19, 1901, the mission was visited by Queen Liliuokalani who accompanied her dear friend, Mrs. Mary Ward Foster, to the Hongwanji Hoonko service which honored Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism; the Queen's visit was a historical event with a significant impact on the Buddhist community in Hawaii, as the Queen that day spoke of heritage to all who call Hawaii home; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1976, the "Living Treasures of Hawaii" program was created by the HONPA HONGWANJI MISSION OF HAWAII to share this heritage by recognizing and honoring individuals who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary achievement in their particular field of endeavor, and who, through continuous growth, learning, and sharing, have made significant contributions toward enriching our society; and

 

WHEREAS, among those recognized as "Living Treasures of Hawaii" are Iolani Luahine, Mary Kawena Pūkui, Lokalia Montgomery, Edith Kanakaole, Gabby Pahinui, Alice Namakelua, Eddy Kamae, Abraham Akaka, Emma DeFries, Pilahi Paki, Richard Lyman, Jr., Kaupena Wong, Jr., Sol Bright, Hooululahu Cambra-Richards, Kaui Zuttermeister, Rubellite Johnson, Emma Sharpe, Herb Kane, Irmgard Farden Aluli, Sally Wood Naluai, Gladys Brandt, Ed Kealanahele, Agnes Cope, John Lake, Kahauanu Lake, David Kaupu, Healani Doane, Kenneth Brown, George Kanahele, Genoa Keawe, Uncle George Naope, Kekuni Blaisdell, Frances Damon Holt, Moses Keale, Sr., Dwight Kauahikaua, Marie McDonald, Hoakalei Kamauu, David Kaohelaulii, Don Ho, Deborah Kakalia, Martha Hohu, Henry Auwae, Abraham Piianaia, Nainoa Thompson, Rocky Jensen, Myron Thompson, Mary Kekuewa, Beatrice Freitas, Edith McKenzie, Genoa Keawe, Pat Bacon, Momi Cazimero, Edward Kaanana, Richard Paglinawan, Dottie Thompson, Malia Craver, Mahi Beamer, Dr. Charles Burrows, Nalani Olds, Puanani Burgess, Elizabeth Jenkins, Dr. Claire Hughes, Josephine Fergerstrom, Rev. Ida Chun, Lynette Paglinawan, Haunani Apoliona, Puanani Alama Tom, Paulette Kahalepuna, Beatrice Dawson, Umi Kai, Nola Nahulu, Hailama Farden, Earl Kawaa, and other deserving honorees; and

 

WHEREAS, the HONPA HONGWANJI MISSION OF HAWAII has woven the heritage and culture of Hawaii respectfully and seamlessly into its Buddhist teachings; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Thirtieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2019, that this body hereby commends, in the malama of Kaulua and the rising of the Kūkahi, the HONPA HONGWANJI MISSION OF HAWAII for supporting and advancing our Hawaiian Lāhui and offers a warm aloha from the Hawaii State Legislature Native Hawaiian Caucus and its best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Commending Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii