Jodie Chiemi Ching
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
Expressions of love and gratitude flowed through the halls of Pacific Buddhist Academy’s new $9 million campus addition on Sept. 8 as the school community and supporters from Hawai‘i and abroad came together to dedicate the new building. Candles, flowers, incense and melodic chants were offered before a beautiful Buddhist altar that had been handcrafted in Kyöto just for the school. Among the special guests from Japan was Monshu Kojun Ohtani, head minister of Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha (Hongwanji headquarters in Kyöto).
“This new learning environment dramatically enhances our ability to provide students with leadership skills in the service of peace in Hawai‘i’s communities,” said PBA’s head of school Josh Hernandez Morse. The expanded learning space also enables PBA to double its student enrollment from the current 70 to 140 students.