Cyndi Osajima to Succeed Retiring Executive Director Rose Nakamura

Kevin Kawamoto
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

When Project Dana co-founder Shimeji Kanazawa was looking for a “trusted leader” to help fulfill her dream of establishing a caregiving program within Hawai‘i’s Buddhist community, she didn’t have to look much farther than across the kitchen of the Moiliili Hongwanji Mission, where she and longtime member Rose Nakamura were helping to prepare food for performers and volunteers at an obon event in July 1989.

Kanazawa, who passed away in April 2014 at the age of 98, reflected on that fateful encounter in Project Dana’s 25th anniversary booklet in 2014. Kanazawa died just months before the 25th anniversary celebration, but her written reflections were published in the program booklet.

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