Living Treasures of Hawaii™ recognizes and honors individuals who have demonstrated excellence and high achievement in their particular field of endeavor, and who, through continuous growth, learning, and sharing, have made significant contributions toward enriching our society.
The program was inspired by the Living National Treasures (Ningen Kokuho) of Japan. In 1976, Bishop Yoshiaki Fujitani instituted the program within the Hongwanji at the suggestion of Paul Yamanaka, a local insurance executive. Initially established to honor those involved in the perpetuation of the island’s distinctive cultural and artistic heritage, the recognition has been expanded to include contributions by individuals in all areas of endeavor.
Nominations for 2022
Please note that nominations are paused due to the cancellation of the 2021 Living Treasures of Hawaii recognition event. When nominations are opened for the 2022 recognition, an organization or person may nominate a candidate by submitting a nomination form with information on the nominee.
For your reference, here is a sample nomination form (this form may be updated for 2022 nominations). The deadline for the Living Treasures Committee to receive completed nominations will likely be August 1, 2021. Presentation is traditionally made in February of the following year.
We will update this page when the nominations window opens. For additional information, please call our office at (808) 522-9200.
Living Treasures Fund
A special fund supports the Living Treasures of Hawai’i™ program. You can easily make a donation online.Donate to the Living Treasures Fund
You may view a complete list of honorees since Living Treasures was established in 1976.