The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i inducted five more Living Treasures of Hawai‘i™ at its 42nd annual program on Feb. 11 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Honored for their sustained contributions to enriching the community in Hawai‘i were: Bishop Ryokan Ara of the Tendai Mission of Hawaii, businesswoman and Hawaiian rights advocate Beatrice “Beadie” Kanahele Dawson, ‘ukulele master Roy Sakuma, flower arrangement sensei (teacher) Nobuko Kida and social services advocate the late George Yokoyama.

Honpa Hongwanji’s Living Treasures program is modeled after Japan’s Living National Treasures (Ningen Kokuho) program. Since its introduction in 1976, 224 individuals have been recognized as “Living Treasures of Hawai‘i.”

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