23 years ago, at the request of Lawai International Center, the Hindu Temple in Wailua became the devoted caretakers of the Lawai’s Nade Botoke statue until the completion of the Hall of Compassion and the statue’s shrine. This statue was created by the Japanese immigrants in 1904.
Nade Botoke, was a popular saint (Bodhisattva) from India known for his healing abilities. When he reached Japan, he was so highly revered by the people that they considered him to be a Buddha. Research has shown that this statue is significant to the historical blend of the Japanese and Hawaiian cultures due to his polynesian eyes from Raratonga.
Yesterday, Nade Botoke returned home to his new home built by the caring hearts of the volunteers.