(First photo) The "Thousand Horses" painting at Maui Jinsha Mission shows its age Wednesday as it hangs above the front doors of the Japanese Shinto shrine in Paukukalo. The shrine is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The "Thousand Horses" was painted more than 100 years ago by artist Kenji Sawada, when the mission was still located in Kahului. Each horse represents a dollar donated to help build the mission. Back when a dollar was a lot of money, Sawada would paint a horse in honor of each donor, as well as add the donor's name to the piece. In 1914, the year the mission moved to its Paukukalo location, its current minister, the Rev. Torako Arine (second photo), was born in Waipahu on Oahu. Though 99 years old, Arine still conducts services one Sunday a month. Plans are underway to mark her 100th birthday with a celebration next February. "She still remembers the prayer, plays the drum," said daughter Susan Arine Tamakawa. "She still has that strong, powerful sound." The Rev. Arine, 99, cools off in her Paukukalo carport Wednesday afternoon.
“Thousand Horses” painting
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