Maui Wildfire Disaster Relief
In response to the fire that has devastated Maui, the BCA has put in place the following disaster relief effort to help support our Dharma friends in Hawaii through our BCA Social Welfare Committee:
Here is how you can help:
1. Donations can be made on-line through: https://bca.kindful.com/
2. Donations can also be made by check. Please make check payable to: BCA Endowment Foundation (Please note on memo line: MAUI RELIEF)
Mail checks to:
BCA Endowment Foundation
2140 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Also from the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, you may also help by:
1. Donating through their special Paypal donation link.
2. Through GoFundMe at the following link: https://gofund.me/ff77a520
3. Check and cash donations can be sent directly to Hawaii Kyodan Headquarters. Please make check payable to HHMH and in the memo line designate “Maui Wildfire Disaster Relief” to ensure proper credit.
Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
1727 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96813
A Message from Rev. Ai Hironaka on the Maui Wildfires
Dear Bishop Umitani, HQ Staff, and Dharma Friends,
Amidst these unprecedented circumstances, I sincerely extend my gratitude for the immense support you have been providing us, both emotionally and practically. I understand that numerous inquiries are coming from various quarters, and I realize that you must be dealing with a multitude of responsibilities behind the scenes. On behalf of my family and Lahaina Hongwanji Sangha, I extend our sincere thanks once again.
After the evacuation, especially the children were in shock initially, but now they have started to show occasional smiles, often making contact with friends through social media.
Our host at the evacuation site has been incredibly kind. Our family and his relative from Lahaina — a total of seven individuals — are under his care. While we haven’t been able to contact many temple members yet, the worries persist. A day is long, but I want to face forward and continue to persevere day by day.
Again, please accept my deepest appreciation for all that you have done for us.
Namo Amida Butsu
Rev. Ai Hironaka
Lahaina Hongwanji Mission