UPDATE: Tribute videos to “health care treasures” and essential workers published Wednesdays at noon

Honpa Hongwanji Presents Tribute Videos at Noon on Wednesdays

Join us to honor “Health Care Treasures” and Essential Workers

The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii YouTube channel continues to present new tribute videos each Wednesday at noon. The videos remain available in the Health Care Heroes / Essential Workers mahalo videos playlist.
06/10/20 Update: The June 10, 2020 version of the tribute video features Hawaii Hospice Care Services as the Hongwanji Health Care Treasure of the Week. The intro is by Rev. Bert Shawn Yagi and the message portion is by Dr. Warren Tamamoto, both of Aiea Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Available on the HHMH YouTube channel starting at noon on Wednesday, June 10.
06/03/20 Update: The June 3, 2020 version of the tribute video features HGEA (Hawaii Government Employees Association) as the Hongwanji Health Care Treasure of the Week. The intro is by Rev. Bert Sumikawa and the message portion is by Jennifer Kane, both of Windward Buddhist Temple. Available on the HHMH YouTube channel starting at noon on Wednesday, June 3.
05/27/20 Update: The May 27, 2020 version of the tribute video features Hawaii Pharmacists, Techs, and Staff as the Hongwanji Health Care Treasure of the Week. Rev. Tomo Hojo of West Kauai Hongwanji provides the introduction and the message is by Rev. Satoshi Tomioka, resident minister at Puna Hongwanji. Available on the HHMH YouTube channel starting at noon on Wednesday, May 27.
05/20/20 Update: The May 20, 2020 version of the tribute video features Queen’s Medical Center as the Hongwanji Health Care Treasure of the Week, an introduction by Rev. David Fujimoto, and a message from Rev. Blayne Higa, resident minister at Kona Hongwanji Mission. Available on the HHMH YouTube channel starting at noon on Wednesday, May 20.
05/12/20 Update: The May 13, 2020 version of the tribute video features Hawaii Dentistry as the Hongwanji Health Care Treasure of the Week, an introduction by Rev. Bert Sumikawa, and a message from Rev. Blayne Higa, resident minister at Kona Hongwanji Mission. Premiering on YouTube at noon on Wednesday, May 13.

Original article for the May 6 video premiere:

The Hawaii Hongwanji Mission has developed a program for our sangha to express their gratitude to all essential workers and especially the front-line medical professionals serving the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The videos will be presented on the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii YouTube channel.

Each Wednesday at 12 noon, a “Mahalo” video will be premiered on the HHMH YouTube channel for viewing by our members, friends and community to remind us to stop for a moment and think of these self-less beings that courageously face higher risk of infection than those taking refuge at home. The temple bell will be symbolically rung (until the lockdown rules are relaxed to allow us to really ring the temple bells again).

The 8-minute video features kansho bell ringing, introductions by Bishop Matsumoto and Rev. Bert Sumikawa, a photo collage accompanied by the Choralfest choir singing, “Because You Are There,” and a closing message by Rev. Sol Kalu. New photos will be shown each week and a “Health Care Treasure of the Week” will be honored. Each week’s video will remain in the YouTube library for viewing at a later time.

So mark your calendars to take 10 minutes and say “Thank you” to the so many others who support our life, health, and safety.

Namo Amida Butsu!