Release of Video Tribute to “Health Care Treasures” and Essential Workers

Event details

  • August 5, 2020
  • 12:00 pm - 12:10 pm
  • YouTube

video still - Mahalo to our health care treasures and essential workers

Each Wednesday at 12 noon beginning May 6, a new tribute video is published in which the the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii honors “health care treasures” and essential workers. The 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 a Hongwanji minister. May we come together and say “Thank you” to those who support our life, health, and safety.

Videos are released on the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii YouTube channel. A playlist of all the tribute videos to date is available.

  • November 11: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Maui County Health Care Heroes & Essential Stars. Bell ringing by Chris Richardson, President of Lanai Hongwanji, intro by Jean Heselden (Makawao), closing message by Aileen Cockett (Lahaina).
  • November 4: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Pacific Buddhist Academy Essential Heroes & Family Stars. rings the temple bell and PBA junior student Logan Chang provides the opening narration and closing message.Bell ringing by Chaplain Rev. Kazunori Takahashi, intro and closing by PBA junior student Logan Chang.
  • October 28: No video this week. Stay tuned the November 4 video!
  • October 21: Health Care Treasures of the Week: North Hawaii Island Essential Workers. Bell ringing by Leelen Park of Kohala Hongwanji, intro by Wendy Nickl of Kamuela Hongwanji, closing message by David Oshiro of Kamuela Hongwanji.
  • October 14: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Kauai Island Volunteers and Essential Workers. Intro by Rev. Tomo Hojo of West Kauai Hongwanji and closing message by Rev. Mieko Majima of Kapaa Hongwanji.
  • October 7: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Kona, Hawaii Island Essential Workers. Intro by Rev. Blayne Higa and closing message by Margaret Masunaga, both of Kona Hongwanji.
  • September 30: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Lahaina, Maui Essential Workers. Intro by Rev. Ai Hironaka of Lahaina Hongwanji and closing message by Aileen Cocket, both of Lahaina Hongwanji.
  • September 23: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Kahului, Maui essential workers & two Maui organizations. Intro by Rev. Richard Tennes and closing message by Wayde Toyama, both of Kahului Hongwanji.
  • September 16: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Mililani Essential Workers. Intro by Rev. David Fujimoto of Mililani Hongwanji and closing message by members of the temple ʻOhana.
  • September 9: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Kuakini Medical Center. Intro by Rev. Sol Kalu and closing message by Penny & Koki Atcheson, all of Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin.
  • September 2: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Maui Upcountry Medical Teams. Intro by Rev. Kerry Kiyohara and closing message by Lois Nishikawa, both of Makawao Hongwanji.
  • August 26: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Big Island Medical Teams. Intro by Rev. Satoshi Tomioka and closing message by Jason Hashimoto, also of Puna Hongwanji.
  • August 19: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Pali Momi Medical Center & Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. Intro by Rev. Mariko Nishiyama of Pearl City Hongwanji and closing message by Caroline Otani, both of Pearl City Hongwanji.
  • August 12: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Waianae Comprehensive Health Center. Intro by Rev. Jeffrey Soga and closing message is by Evan Watarida, both of Waianae Hongwanji.
  • August 5: Health Care Treasures of the Week: Moiliili Area Medical Teams. The video slideshow also features additional “everyday stars” and essential workers. Intro by Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani of Moiliili Hongwanji and closing message is by Raymond Takiue Jr., both of Moiliili Hongwanji.
  • July 22: Health Care Treasure of the Week: Hamakua Area Medical Teams. Intro by Rev. Shinji Kawagoe and closing message by Helen Shirota-Benevides, both of Papaikou Hongwanji.
  • July 15: Health Care Treasure of the Week: Kauai Medical Teams. Intro by Rev. Arthur Kaufmann and closing message by Carol Valentine, both of Lihue Hongwanji.
  • July 8: Featuring Essential Workers of the Week and Everyday Stars, with an emphasis on Wahiawa and Puna. Intro by Rev. Kojun Hashimoto, message portion by Rod Moriyama, both of Wahiawa Hongwanji.
  • July 1: Health Care Treasure of the Week: Elder Care Teams. Rev. Shindo Nishiyama of Jikoen Hongwanji provides the opening narration and closing message.
  • June 24: Health Care Treasure of the Week: Maui Memorial Medical Center. Intro by Rev. Shinkai Murakami, message portion by Tamra Manley, both of of Wailuku Hongwanji.
  • June 17: Health Care Treasure of the Week: Hilo Front Line Workers. Intro by Rev. Daido Baba, message portion by Rev. Joshin Kamuro, both of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin.
  • June 10: Health Care Treasure of the Week: Hawaii Hospice Care Services. Intro by Rev. Shawn Yagi, message portion by Dr. Warren Tamamoto, both of Aiea Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.
  • June 3: Health Care Treasure of the Week: HGEA. Intro by Rev. Bert Sumikawa, message portion by Jennifer Kane, both of Windward Buddhist Temple.
  • May 27: Health Care Treasure of the Week: Hawaii Pharmacists, Techs & Staff. Intro by Rev. Tomo Hojo, message portion by Rev. Satoshi Tomioka, Puna Hongwanji.
  • May 20: Health Care Treasure of the Week: Queen’s Medical Center. Intro by Rev. David Fujimoto, message portion by Rev. Blayne Higa, Kona Hongwanji Mission.
  • May 13: Health Care Treasure of the Week: Hawaii Dentistry. Message portion by Rev. Blayne Higa, Kona Hongwanji Mission.
  • May 6: Debut video expressing appreciation to a wide variety of Health Care Treasures and essential workers. Message portion by Rev. Sol Kalu, Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin,

For more information, see the related news item.

Namo Amida Butsu!