The Honolulu United Honpa Hongwanji Buddhist Women’s Association (HUBWA) has named Hale Kipa a recipient of its 2016 Dana Award. The award, which distributes $1,000 to Hale Kipa each year over 3 years, was presented on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.
Four recipients were selected, including: Project Dana (perpetual); the Ohia Shelter for Women & Children (third year); and Ohana Arts (second year). Hale Kipa was the newly selected organization for 2016. All recipients of the award must help women, children or the elderly.
“Dana means ‘generosity’ or ‘giving,’ and it is with this spirit of giving from the heart that the awards are presented,” HUBWA wrote in its award letter to Hale Kipa.
At the second World Hongwanji Buddhist Women’s Convention in New York City in 1965, a resolution was adopted to sponsor “Dana Day” during the month of February. Every year since, the Presidents and Ministers of the four Honolulu Units and temples (Betsuin, Jikoen, Kailua, and Moiliili) participate in this project by soliciting donations from their Buddhist Women’s Association members. These funds are then distributed to four nonprofit organizations selected by the HUBWA Dana Committee.
Photo: Jaque Kelley-Uyeoka, deputy CEO of Hale Kipa (left), accepts the 2016 Dana Award donation from Donna Higashi, president of the Honolulu United Honpa Hongwanji Buddhist Women’s Association, on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.
(Photo Courtesy HUBWA)
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