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About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide compassionate support and services to Hawaii's Kupuna and their caregivers.

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Our Vision

Our vision is that every elderly person and their caregivers have the support and services they need to maintain their independence and dignity.

Project Dana (pronounced: "dah-na") is a Faith In Action program that provides a variety of services to the elderly and caregivers to ensure their wellbeing, independence, and dignity in an environment of their choice.


Support comes from a corps of trained volunteers guided by the principle of “Dana,” which combines selfless giving and compassion without desire for recognition or reward.

Dāna is a Sanskrit and Pali term meaning “generosity” or “giving”. In Buddhism, it also refers to the practice of cultivating generosity. Ultimately, the practice culminates in one of the Perfections: the Perfection of Giving. This can be characterized by unattached and unconditional generosity, giving and letting go.

The Advisory Council

The Mo'ili'ili Hongwanji Board of Directors and the Advisory Council are responsible for organizing Project Dana. The Advisory Council oversees the organization's actions and financial duties and holds regular meetings to discuss its present and future. The council comprises of esteemed members of the community.

Our Sites

Cyndi Osajima, Executive Director

Project Dana operates from multiple sites across the islands of Hawai'i. The main office is located at Moi'ili'ili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. There are volunteers located at various locations around the islands that are able to provide services. Services may vary depending on location. If you are interested in working with any of these sites please call the main Project Dana office. 

Full list of sites can be found here.

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