Even before it had a name, Lawai International Center was built and defined by grace.
It was grace that sparked the first glimmerings of hope in the Native Hawaiians and immigrants who built its shrines.
It was grace that led Grandma Nonaka to bring new life to a place long forgotten.
And now, more than a century after it was founded, it is the grace of the volunteers that sustains Lawai as a source of light and hope for the world.
This year, more than 1,600 volunteers and supporters heard the call and gave of their hearts and hands. They knew that the love, time and effort they devoted to Lawai would expand exponentially, beyond all boundaries, sending light and grace to the universe.
And they built, tangibly, too. The Hall of Compassion stands firmly on these sacred grounds, an anthem of generosity and hope. With its 13th-century temple architecture, it will remain standing for more than 1,000 years.
Together, we have proven that miracles are real.
Mahalo nui loa for all you have done, and for continuing to move us forward.
Our gratitude, like Lawai, is boundless.
With Heartfelt Gratitude Lynn & the Lawai International Center Family (808) 639-5952, firstname.lastname@example.org