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One Island, Many Peoples, All Kauaians

Two days back the monastery was in a local newspaper, our Garden Island, with a stress on our work in the community in agriculture and water management. Today we received this sweet note from our ex-mayor Maryanna Kusaka. You may remember that she danced a hula with Gurudeva at his birthday party in 1998. She took him through some hula steps, then he reciprocated, showing her some manipuri dance forms. It was a sweet moment for our island residences to witness. The photo above is the mayor at a ceremony when the monastery adopted a policeman as community service. Here is her note from today:


Congratulations to your community! Great spread in the paper and so well-deserved of some acknowledgement. It is hard to grasp the amount of work you all have accomplished in just the few short years you all have been here all in your very humble and quiet way. We all love sharing the joy and pride you must feel when you realize how impactful your efforts have been. You really share the true meaning of Aloha when you share unconditionally for sure. I thank you on behalf of our island community -- please give my best to Bodinathaswami. I am sure he is very busy these days as all of you are with all your many projects.

My genuine aloha,
Maryanne Kusaka

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