Finale Video Tribute to “Health Care Treasures” and Essential Workers

Event details

  • Wednesday | December 23, 2020
  • All Day
  • YouTube

Health Care Heroes / Essential Workers finale video tribute thumbnail image with photos of project team members

Video first available 12/23/2020 at 12 noon Hawaii time and thereafter on demand on the HHMH YouTube channel. Direct link:

The December 23, 2020 FINALE of the tribute videos features Hongwanji Treasures of the Week selected by MAHALO TEAM. Rev. Bert Sumikawa rings the temple bell and provides the opening narration, and MAHALO TEAM provides the closing messages.

The photos are mostly highlights from the 30 previous tributes and showcases the many different health care professionals and essential workers that have worked so hard on behalf of our communities throughout the State of Hawaii.

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

About the Mahalo Video Series:

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.

Starting May 6, 2020, each Wednesday at 12 noon, HHMH presented a “Mahalo” video 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 selfless beings that courageously face higher risk of infection than those taking refuge at home. When lockdown rules and guidance from the Bishop’s Office permitted, ministers rang temple bells on Wednesdays at noon as the video was published.

The 5-8 minute videos feature kansho bell ringing, introductions by Bishop Matsumoto and a Hongwanji minister, a photo collage accompanied by the Choralfest choir singing “Because You Are There,” and a closing message. New photos were shown each week and “Health Care Treasures of the Week” were honored. Each week’s video remains in the YouTube library for viewing on demand.

Thank you for joining us in saying “Thank you” to the so many others who support our life, health, and safety.