Local students observe Bodhi Day

Published On: Dec 09 2013 08:37:13 PM HST

The Pacific Buddhist Academy honored the Buddha on Monday for Bodhi Day.  It is the day when Buddha attained enlightenment.

Nearly every student from the Pacific Buddhist Academy set off on a six-mile trek alongside more than a dozen ministers.

Click here to watch Brenton Awa's report.

Going from their school on the Pali Highway to Kapiolani Park in an effort to raise awareness about Bodhi Day and collect donations for their school.

The ministers say it is also a good time for fellowship.

"Very informally talk and speak with each other and it's a great opportunity for the students to get to know the ministers and the ministers to get to know the students, too, on a very informal basis," said Bishop Eric Matsumoto.

Two years ago, the walk raised $20,000 through donations.  They are hoping to increase that to $25,000.

The funds would go to constructing a new building for classrooms on campus.

"We're currently in, I guess, it's old monk apartments which they function well, but I guess a new building is, our school really deserves it and we'll have a lot of new features there," said 11th grader Koki Atcheson.

The college prep school is limited to 80 students because of its lack of classroom space.  A new structure would open 40 more slots for kids.

"We're actually seeing a lot more increase for our services and for people wanting a very individualized attention for their student's educational environment," said Blayne Higa of the Pacific Buddhist Academy.

The Pacific Buddhist Academy was opened back in 2003.  It enrolls students from all faiths and backgrounds and 100 percent of its graduates go on to college.


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