Thursday, December 6, 2007

CABAH: background, values, vision, mission, objectives, and appealing


CABAH is a not-for-profitable and non-political affiliated association; and it bears no distinction of race, gender or religious faith. It was established on April 25, 2007 by Cambodian-Americans in Hawaii who are considered as having a higher labor force participation rate than other refugee groups and the general population (Tom 1988). The registration number is: 04/25/200720065. The Cambodian people mostly migrated here during the civil war 1970-1988. Their resettlement in Hawaii has significantly enriched multicultural society and contributed healthier community to Hawaii State as whole.


"Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity." – Buddha


We, Cambodian-Americans, strongly believe in community-based development through social participation and volunteering because this can surely bear us fruits of happiness, prosperity, and sustainable development.


We set up our goal to promote happiness, peace, harmony, prosperity, human rights, democracy and sustainability through the practice of Khmer culture and Buddhism among Cambodian-American community and local mainstream people.


  1. To find a meeting space or build a Buddhist temple as a center and main place for gathering of community members.
  2. To provide religious and educational programs which include: retreats, mindfulness meditations, knowledge and teaching in Buddhist philosophy, chanting from Buddhist scriptures, a short religious address and a traditional blessing.
  3. To open Khmer language class, culture and tradition education in both theory and practice.
  4. To provide a venue and opportunity for people to gather for cultural and religious purposes and to the community at large for a variety of activities.


CABAH is lacking adequate funding to achieve its objectives especially to find a suitable space for community gathering. So your participation and contribution are invaluable for us.

You can send donation: cash or check payable to:

Account Name: Cambodian-American Buddhist Association of Hawaii (CABAH)

Address: c/o William Ouk

92-282 Hoalii Pl., Kapolei, HI, 96707

More information, contact:

Peter R. Phan: 808-783-0395

Khleang Sam: 808-389-4735

William Ouk: 808-672-7386

Ven. Sophan:

John K. Yin: 808-382-8598

Utey Uch: 808-783-8018

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Bon Oum Touk Festival Announcement

Happy Bon Oum Touk Khmer
Ork Om Bok, Sompeah Preah Khae
Bon Daet Preah Tip,

During this precious and traditional Khmer celebration of Bon Oum Touk (boat racing), Ork Ombok Sompeah Preah Khae (offering and worshiping the moon), and Bondaet Preah Tip (lantern festival), Cambodian-American Buddhist Association of Hawaii (CABAH) cordially would like to invite members, guests and general public come to participate this precious occasion.

Date: Sunday, November 25, 2007
Time: 9:30AM to 1:30AM
Location: Address:

Kealohanui St
Waialua, HI 96791

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  • Bon Oum Touk or boat racing festival of Cambodia, in some historic account said that it has originally been celebrated since the reign of King Jayavarman VII. There are many sculptures on the wall of Bayon temple depicted the festival of this boat racing. Significant remarks of this festival are: to remembrance and admire the powerful force of Khmer navy, to remark the water receding which is flowing from Tonle Sab to the ocean, and to entertain Cambodian farmers after hard work in farms is ended.
  • Ork Ombok, Sompeah Preah Khae or offering ritual of the Ombok rice to the moon in order to worship the Bodhisattava (Buddhahood) who legendarily sacrificed His life to feed an old hungry man when He was born as a rabbit. So the sign-like rabbit in the moon that we can see clearly during full moon night is the Buddhistsattava according to Cambodians' traditional belief.
  • Bon Bondaet Preah Tip or lantern floating festival is to pay gratitude and thank to the water as well as to worship the Buddha's teeth relic buried in the Naga's land.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Bon Chenh Preah Vassa or Buddhist Out of Lent Ceremony

Cambodia-American Buddhist Association (CABAH) and members had cordially organized Bon Chenh Peah Vassa or Buddhist Out of Lent Ceremony in October 7th, BE.2551 or AD. 2007 to earn goodness and prosperity for themselves as well as Buddhism.

Buddhist Out of Lent signifies the continuous celebration for the successful three months practice of Buddhist monks and devoted people who have been staying in one particular place (Aram or Temple) and practiced three Sekha (educations) strictly such as observing precepts (Sila), daily practicing of medition (Samadhi), and cultivating wisdom through theoretical and practical learning (Panna). The celebration has happened since the period of Buddha.

On that day, members were happy. They brought huge of Khmer delicious food and dressed delicate Cambodian traditional cloths. The ceremony started with chanting the mantras (Namaskaa) to worship to the Triple Gem: Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. They repeated and observed the five precepts such as: abstaining themselves from killing being to replace by spreading compassion to all beings, abstaining from stealing to replace by making a right living, abstaining from committing sexual misconduct to replace by concentrating on craving, abstaining from tell lie or using malicious words to replace by telling the truth and using harmonious speech, and abstaining from drinking alcohol or addicting to drugs to replace by developing mindfulness. After that they offered food in the alms-bowl to proken (offer) to the Songha to feed the Sangha as well as to commemorate and dedicate for the deceased relatives as the gratefulness expression.

The ceremony ended with lasting friendliness and satisfied emancipating from their peaceful concentration in the practice of "nothing else more happier than the cultivation of empowering stable peace to our mind". There also collected some pacchai (money) to reserve for further development of progressive future community and to build a Buddhist temple in Hawaii that the congregation is dreaming about.
Members were eating together in the upper floor of Asrom after the monks finished their lunch.

Members were enjoying to exchange each taste and have happily chitchat.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Announcement of Election Result

The election committees are honored to announce that in October 7, 2007 at 1-3 PM after the Pchum Ben ceremony is ended, there is an election to choose new president of Cambodian-American Buddhist Association of Hawaii (cabah) including board members that has resulted as following:

  1. Peter Rom = President
  2. Khleang Sam = Vice President
  3. Vongkot Ouk = Treasurer
  4. Keith Yin = Public Relations
  5. Ven. Sophan = Secretary

All ballots that were caste are 48 votes of support and 6 votes of reject; all together are 54 eligible votes.

Election processed in a harmonious and understanding way with the strong support from the members.

We would like to thank all individuals, parties and stakeholders in making this event successful.

Declared in October 7, 2007

Chair of Election Committees

Ven. Sophan

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bon Pchum Ben Khmer: Khmer Festival for Ancestors

You are cordially invited to participate the very important annual Khmer Festival for Ancestors (Bon Pchum Ben Khmer) that will celebrate on Sunday, October 7, BE.2551, AD.2007 at Dhammaram Asrom located in 67067A Kaelohanui St., Waialua, HI 96791
Detailed Bon schedule

Bon Pchum Ben or Khmer Festival for Ancestors is very important day for everybody to express their gratitude towards parents and ancestors that those people have granted them life as well as opportunity to achieve many good things in life. The celebration starts from full moon of 10th lunar month to full moon of 11th lunar month or starts from September 26 to October 11 this year (2007). During this 15 days, Cambodian people obligate themselves to accumulate goodness through offering (Dana), moral cultivation (Sila) and mindfulness development (Samadhi). Doing so, they can build happiness inside their mind as well as family, and they can spread the merits to their beloved ones. Overall, all Cambodians are aware of three essential teachings: to cultivate the good, to cleanse all evils and to purify their own muddy mind.

Bon Pchum Ben Touch or beginning day of Pchum Ben festival. We celebrated on Sunday, September 23, BE.2551, AD.2007

Beautiful and quiet scenery!

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Recreational Activities: Picnic, Socializing and Community Outdoor

On Sunday, August 19, 2007 there were recreational activities organized by Cambodian Community of Hawaii happily participated by Cambodian-American Buddhist Association of Hawaii (CABAH), members from Cambodian Association of America (CAA), Cambodian Students of Aloha at University of Hawaii (CSAloha), Cambodian Club of BYU, including several Cambodian-Americans and local mainstream people in Hawaii.

This picnic and outdoor gathering were fraternally and friendly at the Magic Island, the most beautiful beach park of Hawaii. Everybody was satisfied and fulfilled by Cambodian delicious food and friendly chitchat.

Meeting, socializing and sharing idea are good for strong community bond. Individually, it can provide us a sense of stress absence and enrich harmonious feeling. Socially, it creates unity and mutual understanding.

Grouped in the tent shaded from often sprinkling rain
Ladies have their own unique stories chitchatted under the trees
Khmer delicious and delicate food plentifully displayed on the table
They blocked together to protect themselves from the rain
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Naturally, they grouped themselves with different interesting discussion topics

Friday, June 8, 2007

By-Laws of Cambodian-American Buddhist Association of Hawaii

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Cambodian-American Buddhist Association of Hawaii




  • To provide community members and Hawaiian residents a place for practicing Buddhism and sharing Cambodian culture.
  • To provide religious and educational programs including retreats and mindfulness meditations and to promote Buddhist philosophy in accordance with Buddhist scriptures by traditional chanting and blessing.
  • To bring community members together and promote understanding and friendship among community members.
  • To assist the one who need assistance including elderly people and disability.


(1) Membership is open to all Hawaiian residents who are 18 years old and up. Every member may voluntarily make donations to Cambodian-American Buddhist Association of Hawaii. They may contribute as monthly basis or occasionally. These members shall be referred to general members.

(2) Any member may withdraw his or her membership by giving a written notice to the chairman of the board of directors. However, if the board found any member has involved in illegal act, the board may terminate his/her membership upon a majority vote of the board.


(3) Member of the board of directors shall be elected by a majority of the general members once a year in the month of October. Each members of board shall be a follower of Buddhism. The board shall consist of seven members including the president of the association, the chairman of the board, and five members of the board.

(4) The board is obligated to prepare internal rules and ensure the proper conduction of the organization in accordance with Buddhism, the law of the State of Hawaii and the federal law of the United States of America.

(5) The board shall appoint its chairman to preside over the board’s conductions. The chairman shall be appointed by consent of the board members.

(6) The board shall meet at least four times at every quarter of the calendar year. A special meeting may be held upon the requests from the chairman, the president or one third of the board. The meeting may be held by quorum of two third of the board of directors. The decision shall be reached by a majority of the participants. Every member of the board of directors shall provide a reasonable excuse to the chairman if he/she is unable to present at the meeting.

(7) The chairman shall preside over the board meeting. In his/her absence, a member of the board may preside over the meeting in absence of the president and the chairman.


(8) The president shall be elected by the general members once a year in the month of October the same time as the board of directors. He/she shall be a former member of the board of directors. He/she shall be able to read and write Cambodian language and be a follower of Buddhism.

(9) He/she shall responsible for proper conduction of the association. He/she shall direct the secretary and treasurer to implement in accordance with the rules and regulations of the association.


(10) A secretary shall be appointed by the president. He/she shall attend every internal and external meeting of the organization. He/she shall prepare schedule and necessary documents for the meeting. He/she is responsible for preparing reports of the meeting.

(11) A member of the board of directors shall be appointed by the chairman as a temporary secretary when the secretary is unable to attend the meeting.

(12) The Secretary shall also responsible in documentation of the association. Also, he/she shall responsible in depositing money to the bank and providing the proof of deposit to the treasurer.


(13) A treasurer shall be appointed by the president of the association.

(14) He/she shall responsible for collecting donations. He/she shall provide monthly report to the president.

(15) He/she is responsible in filling tax forms with state and federal.


(16) Board of directors shall review the quarterly financial statement to ensure the accuracy of the statement. The treasurer shall submit receipts and/or proof of the statement as requested by the board.

(17) Financial statements and journal entries shall be audited at least once a year by accountant and shall be reviewed by the board of directors. The financial statement shall be filed based on calendar year.


(18) General members have the right to vote for the board of directors and the president of the organization.

(19) The president of the organization, chairman of the board of directors, and the members of the board of directors have equal right to vote during the meeting of the board. Each of them has one vote. Decision shall be made by a majority of the participants of the meeting.


(20) During the term, member of the board may voluntarily resign from his/her positions by giving a written notice to the board of directors.

(21) If the board of directors found that any member has involved in illegal act or act against the internal rule of the association, the board of directors may terminate him/her by a majority vote of the board.

(22) Member of the board will be automatically terminated from his/her position if he/she is unable to attend three times of the quarterly meeting.


(23) Unless authorized by the majority of the board of directors, no member of the association shall receive any remuneration for his/her services.


(24) For the purpose of achieving its objectives, the association may borrow or raise capital in according to the approval of the board of directors.


(25) The Bylaws may be rescinded, altered or added to by a “Special Resolution”.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Pictures and Activities of the New Temple Construction

Devoted Members are chanting Pali Mantras in the worshipping hall in front of Central Buddha Alter

Members are in the Procession March around the Worshipping Alter as the Walking Meditation to concentrate the virtue of Lord Buddha as well as focus on mindfulness of step by step walking. Each of them were holding the Buddha Statue for Buddha Bath Ceremony in the special occasion of Cambodian New Year Festival 2551

In the pavilion, all participants were eating and chating during Cambodian New Year Festival 2551

Buddhist Flage and the Pavilion a day before The New Year Celebration arrives

One corner at the East that prepared as the Buddha Bath and Sand Mount Ceremony with the Cambodian Waving Flage
Khmer Traditional Music Orchestra...they were rehearsing for the performance during New Year Celebration

They were enjoying lunch with huge of delicious Khmer food

Friday, May 4, 2007

Special Overview about Building Khmer Temple in Hawaii

Ladies, gentlemen and all friendly guests

Today I have the honor of presenting an overview relating to the purposes of building our As-srom Community Center and the purpose of the Khmer New Year Celebration

Ah-srom community center

With the commitment of the committees of the Cambodian association and all its members, we can begin to build our Ah-srom Community Center and establish a Buddha statue for worshippers along with a sitting space for about 20 people. This place will also have a room to accommodate monks, storages room and restrooms and so forth.

As early as December 21, 2006, there were many people of all ages and status who came to support the birth of our Ah-srom community center with donations, volunteer work and ideas. The list of donors is well kept and can attest to their generosity. I would particularly like to acknowledge the following people for their kindness, generosity and leadership: [When I call your name, please stand and be recognized.] Lok Rom and spouse, our community association’s president Savouth, Lok Ta Kieth, Lok Taa Kleang and Lok Vongkot – all of whom have dedicated countless hours every weekend to help establish this Ah-srom. In addition to the energetic and selfless participation of all the members of Cambodian Community in Hawaii, I also want to recognize the support and generosity of members of the Cambodian BYU University student club, as well as Cambodians and friends from University of Hawaii at Manoa.

[Oahu meaning] It is very crucial that our Khmer community establish our own gathering place all Cambodians and friends of Cambodian people can meet, worship and share in the rich culture and traditions of the Cambodian people.

This Ah-srom is being established with the purposes and goals below:

1. As a gathering place for all Cambodians and friends of Cambodians in Hawaii to meet at least once a week on Sunday and other specific ceremonial days.

2. As a worshipping place where all people can come to worship, observe moral precepts, give alms, meditate and learn about Khmer culture and the essential knowledge that leads to happiness and a compassionate life.

3. Establishing a starting point the will result in the building of our own temple or a Cambodian Buddhist Cultural Center in Hawaii. We envision this temple to be the heart of our community that preserves Khmer identity and culture.

4. Our Cambodian temple will also be the place where our members can hold family ceremonies such as offering dedicated to honoring our loved ones who have pass away, ceremonies that express devotion, birthdays, weddings and a host of other ceremonies.

5. Our Cambodian temple will also be a place where all of our community members can come to relax and enjoy the beautiful and quiet surrounding mountains and fresh air and purity of nature. This temple can also be a place of leaning, a place where our children can learn about the Khmer language and culture.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Khmer New Year Celebration of 2551 or 2007

Cambodian New Year is a national celebration that conveys the value and meaning of our tradition, religion and daily living of Cambodian people. This year is the year of pig, Noppeak Sak, BE.2551.

Allow me to briefly describe the cultural meaning of this annual festival:
1. A belief that good things occurred in transitioning from the old year to the New Year – this is a universal belief that exists with many people throughout the world. Cambodian people call this festival Song-kran which means “moving”. The festival takes place over three days and is name accordingly: first day is called “Song-Kran”, second day called “Vanabot” and third day called “Lerng Sak”. Cambodian people believe that the last day, Lerng Sak, is when all life activities must be made new (e.g., new thought, new progress and new harmony) – to aspire to always be better than the past years.

2. Cambodian people believe that 7 angels take turns caring for their Kabila Phrom’s head when he was beheaded because he lost an intellectual competition with a simple human man named Dhammapala. The meaning behind this story teaches children that the gratitude towards one’s parents is critical to bringing happiness to them. There is a deeper level of meaning to this story as well. The Kabila Phrom is magical and miraculous as it relates to to the four sublime states of the mind: compassion, loving-kindness, sympathetic-joy and equanimity.

3. Cambodian people enjoy the traditional activities such as Sand Mount, washing the Buddha Statue that is symbolic to asking forgiveness, paying gratitude, cleansing all bad actions and sin. In performing this action, they also promise not to do such evil deeds again in the coming New Year. They promise they will only do good deeds.

4. Cambodian people also clean their home and decorate it with flowers, lanterns and glittering lights to welcome new angels whom they believe will bring happiness and prosperity to them.

5. Cambodian people of all ages, young and old, are also play traditional games such as Choul Chhoung, Boh Angkuh and Tienh Proat, etc

On New Year’s Day, Buddhist perform the follwoing:
1. On the first day, they go to the nearby temple to gain merit and observe five moral precepts, offer Dana, give alms, chant and the bless their ancestors through prayer and meditation. They also participate in the celebration of the final day at the temples.
2. They will ask forgiveness from their parents – for all intentional and unintentional actions, and also offer gifts to their parents.

3. They create Sand Mount to dedicate to the Buddha relic in Chulamuni stupa to cleanse all of their sin. They will wash the Buddha Statue in order to wash away their impure thoughts in order to pursue higher happiness and peace.

4. They invite Buddhist monks to their home to perform chants and mantra and deliver Dhamma or preaching for happiness and prosperity to the family during the new coming year.

5. Some people go to the temple to practice and meditate all day. They dress in white clothes, observe the eight moral precepts and practice meditation at least three full days.

The practice involving daily life of Cambodian people
Since the ancient times, Cambodia has always been an agricultural country. Most Cambodian people are peasants. The New Year Festival was always held in April, the dry season in Cambodia so that the peasants can relax from their hard working on the farm.

1. It is a time that is free time from the labor of farming, so they have plenty of time to celebrate this very joyous festival. They can also cool themselves from the heat typically found in Cambodia during the month of April.

2. It is the chance of family reunion and gathering especially among young girls and boys who can socialize with each others during this auspicious festival.

3. It is the time to play traditional games such as Choul Chhoung, Boh Angkouh, Leak Konsaeng, Teanh Proat and enjoy traditional popular dances.

4. It is a time for them worship at the temple.

5. It is an opportunity to gain merits and do good deeds such as observing the moral precepts, makie offerings and meditate and attend the monks’ preaching and chanting mantras.

In closing, I would like to thank you very much the committees of Cambodian Community Association and all participants in here today. I especially want to thank the Cambodian community association, Cambodian Buddhist Association, Cambodian Students Association, brothers, sisters and all distinguished guests who are in here and who helped to make our celebration this year more festive and joyful.

I would like to emphasize that our place here is not yet ready. In order to build a real permanent temple (Cambodian Buddhist Cultural Center), we need your continued support. The success that you see here today does not belonged to any single individual person, but it is the success and pride of everybody. We need your commitment to realize a permanent temple (a Cambodian Buddhist Cultural Center).

I wish you all health, wealth, prosperity and happiness in this new coming New Year, the Year of the Pig, 2551. May you all have happiness, peace and prosperity throughout the New Year.

Thank you very much

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Cambodian American Buddhist Association of Hawaii

We are committees and members of CABAH (Cambodian American Buddhist Association of Hawaii) are pleast to welcome everybody to our new initiative of building a very important center (Buddhist Temple) for Cambodian-American and local people.

Temple is the center to preserve Khmer culture, morality, identity, peace, prosperity and mutual understanding.

Our nature of organization has no prejudice of race, color, class, belief and tendency. We are non-profit and non-affiliated organization.

Our important goal is to enhance and help human beings as we all have the same commanality of birth, old, sick and death.

Social good is our primary motivation and striving!