The Peace Committee, operates a weekly meal distribution program in Honoka'a. We also produce the Annual Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace.
In Memory of Judy Kawatachi Inokuchi
In Memory of Judy Kawatachi Inokuchi
The Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Inokuchi scholarship was created to honor Judy (Kawatachi) Inokuchi. Born and raised in Ahualoa, she provided support and encouragement to the temple's outreach efforts to broaden and increase membership through activities, events and programs. A generous individual with love for her community, Judy will be remembered with gratitude in the years ahead.
Scholarship Award Recipient 2022
On August 7, 2022, Sophia Whitesell received a scholarship award at the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Family Service. The scholarship was presented in memory of Judy (Kawatachi) Inokuchi, by her daughter Lynn Nagata.
Sophia was selected because of her outstanding community service with the Peace Committee's Feeding Our Keiki and Kupuna program. For over two years, she has worked on the dedicated cleanup crew, faithfully showing up every Friday to wrap up the present week and prepare for the next.
A busy senior at Honoka‘a High School, she found time to help paint areas of the temple and organize the donor database during Fall Break. She’s also worked shelving books and other volunteer work at the Honoka‘a Public Library.
“I've found that volunteering in our community has become increasingly important to me,” Sophia says. “Being able to help people has provided me with a lot of fulfillment, especially being able to help some of the most vulnerable people here in the Honoka‘a area. I've been brought up to believe that one of the most important parts of being a human is existing as part of a support system. By supporting the people in our communities, we can help each other to thrive.”
Her belief in supporting community has helped guide her goals for the future. “I want to help prevent or even reverse environmental and ecological issues so that our global community will be safer and more balanced,” Sophia says To that end, she will attend the University of New Mexico, and work towards a degree in Environmental Science.
Scholarship Award Recipient 2021
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At the Family Service on August 1, 2021, 9:00 am, Tayson Hirayama was given a scholarship award. Tayson was selected because of the level of community service he provided volunteering with the Peace Committee's program, “Feeding Our Keiki and Kupuna.” An Eagle Scout with Troop #1, Tayson spent most of his Friday afternoons during his junior and senior year (Hawaii Preparatory Academy) washing dishes in the kitchen after school and sports practices. During his senior year, Tayson organized a leadership project providing groceries to Waimea families in need of support. He shopped at the Food Basket on Thursdays, filled the bags on Saturdays (along with classmates), and delivered them to Waimea Middle School for distribution. Tayson fund-raised and secured donations for all costs, including the groceries, bags, and transportation.
He will be enrolling at the University of Washington in Seattle, possibly studying aeronautical engineering.
The scholarship was presented by Lynn Nagata (special education teacher) of Hilo, the daughter of the late Judy (Kawatachi) Inokuchi. Her family wants to remember and honor Judy by supporting and encouraging young people to help the temple provide services to the community. They have made a donation, providing funding for the temple to award a scholarship to a deserving senior who serves the Waimea/Honokaa area through community service.
Tayson Hirayama, working in the kitchen
Tayson Hirayama, loading his car with groceries to deliver