Kuakini Memorial Service Honors Early Japanese Immigrants

Kuakini Memorial Service Honors Early Japanese Immigrants

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With the Buddhist obon season soon to begin, members of the Kuakini Auxiliary and the medical center’s health care team gathered at the Kuakini Columbarium at the Honolulu Park Cemetery in Nu‘uanu on May 26 to honor the memory of 141 former residents of Kuakini Home. The residents, former Issei sugar plantation workers, were remembered with prayers led by Bishop Ryokan Ara of the Tendai Mission of Hawaii. Tendai Mission has been performing the ceremony for Kuakini since 1997, paying respects and expressing gratitude to the Issei pioneers and loved ones who have passed away.

Kuakini Auxiliary members assist with the upkeep of the columbarium, which was dedicated in 1961. Kuakini Home (then known as the Japanese Home of Hawaii) opened in 1932 as a residential care home, providing shelter for retired immigrants from Japan who did not have families to care for them.

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