The Wailuku Hongwanji Mission’s (WHM) Board of Directors initiated the Vision 2030 project as a means of defining strategic directions which will enable WHM to successfully increase its capacity to serve as a vibrant home of Jodo Shinshu teachings. More information...
The year 2019 marks Wailuku Hongwanji’s 120th year of spiritual and community service to our island’s residents. As part of this significant milestone, we will be undertaking two (2) projects intended to sustain the temple’s capacity to serve our community for another generation. More Information... Download the WHM Donation Form
During the months of July and August, lots of families in Japan hold their Obon services at their home. This service is for family members to express their gratitude and respect to their ancestors. The children and grandchildren, who may be away from home, take their vacation and return home to attend the service. Participating in this service has been engrained in the children and grandchildren; they will plan their annual vacation to coincide with the Obon service.
Our ancestors, who came to this country, had their dreams. They encountered difficult times and many of their dreams did not come true. But, they patiently shared with us many important values, such as joy, wisdom, compassionate hearts, and their thoughtful minds. The Japanese call it "Omoiyari no kokoro."
When we think of our parents and grandparents, who were our dedicated sangha (members), we are able to feel gratitude toward them—Arigatai (Thanks for making the difficult thing I asked you to do, happen) and peace and serenity in our heart. So, we believe that in our daily lives, we must have a strong mind of "Kansha" and "Okagesamade" the feelings of gratitude and appreciation. Why? Because our lives are interdependent and with their guidance and wisdom, we make our lives precious.
MEMBERS OF THE WAILUKU HONGWANJI Buddhist Temple are invited to a Peace Day Service on Sunday, September 22, beginning at 8 a.m. Barbara Parr, BWA member and our temple's
Peace Day Coordinator, reported that even though the official Peace Day Hawaii is on Saturday, September 21, our temple would like to observe Peace Day at our temple. She is looking for a lay speaker to speak on the theme of PEACE. She said that at 9 a.m., our temple will ring the kansho bell for 5 minutes in honor of Peace. She will be asking other temples, (Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, and other denomination) to ring their bells at 9 a.m. in honor of Peace. Finally, Dharma School students will make their own crane and decorate it with streamers for the “singing walk” around the courtyard to the theme "Give Peace a Chance." A large crane will greet members when they attend the service.
MAKAWAO HONGWANJI BUDDHIST TEMPLE would like to invite temple members to the Peace Day Hawaii festivities, which will be held on Saturday, September 21, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a peace related service. Barbara Parr, BWA member and our temple's Peace Day Coordinator, would like to encourage temple members, especially Dharma School students, to attend this activity.
After the service, members will be invited to ring the temple bell as a symbol of world peace. She said that the United Nations General Assembly has declared September 21, as International Day of Peace and will be observed throughout Hawaii and the world. It declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. In 2007, Hawaii became the first state to recognize Peace Day.
She reported that members will carpool to Makawao. Individuals needing transportation should meet at the temple's parking lot at 8:00 a.m. Members attending the Peace Day festivities will be greeted by a large Peace Crane, along with crane displays. Our temple will have a table that will provide visitors and guests with materials for folding cranes and making "Dream Catchers." Sharon Higa will be donating the craft materials.
TEMPLE MEMBERS ARE invited to meet Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara, supervising minister at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple in Berkeley, CA.
On Saturday, August 17, he will be at the Kahului Hongwanji Buddhist Temple beginning with a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. After dinner, he will discuss “Jodo Shinshu in Everyday Life” and answer questions.
On Sunday, August 18, he will travel to Lahaina Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and will be the guest speaker at its 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service. Both lectures are open to the public.
His visit is sponsored by the Buddhist Study Center and the Maui Hongwanji Council. Reverend Kuwahara is married to Hitomi and has three children—Takato, Eight, and Hiroto.
REVEREND SHINKAI MURAKAMI, JAPANESE Language School Principal, reminds parents and students that the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year will be Wednesday, August 7.
Reverend Murakami stressed that parents need to register their children before school starts so school material may be ordered. Registration and order forms are available in the office.
Free bus transportation will be provided to students enrolled at Wailuku, Puu Kukui, Waihee, Kahului, Lihikai, and Pomaikai Elementary Schools, along with Maui Waena Intermediate School. He/She needs to have a photo identification card. Bring a photo of your child to the office as soon as possible so an ID card may be prepared. No ID card—No bus ride.