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
AS YOU KNOW, MEMBERS OF OUR BUDDHIST Women’s Association always support our temple’s services, activities, and events, as well as, support community happenings. Our temple relies on their support and assistance. I enjoy working with them and am able to gain many wonderful experiences with them. I am truly honored that I am able to work with them and be able to propagate and share their great guidance of the Nembutsu, Amida Buddha’s infinite wisdom and compassion to our Ohana.
The other day, I was able to visit one of the care facilities together with our BWA members. We were able to share BWA’s craft items and cookies with the residents. Unfortunately, due to their condition, it was difficult for some of them to understand what was going on. Some were not able to respond and some of them were not able to see what we were offering. However, our BWA members patiently and sincerely communicated with them and offered their true hearts, "Magokoro," with kind smiles and words, regardless whether the residents were aware of it or not.
When we visited a resident’s room, she sensed that someone came to her bedside and she slowly opened her eyes and gazed at all of us. We saw her eyes open so with our warm smile we all greeted her with the words, "How are you? We are from Wailuku Hongwanji Mission and visiting all residents here today. This is what we made for you." Then our ladies gave a very colorful handcrafted Origami flower and cookie placed in the origami craft. The resident gazed at it and said, "It is so pretty. Thank you very much, thank you very much." Even if her voice was very soft, we all received her warm feeling of gratitude, joy, and happiness from her kind words. A few minutes later, we left her room but we all carried her kindness with us, the warm feeling of gratitude. It was only a few words that we received from her but we all received the sincere feelings of joy and happiness. When we visited other rooms, we were able to offer our sincere feelings of joy, smiles, and happiness.
HIDEO KAWAHARA AND BETTY YAMASHIRO WERE presented with the 2019 Tadaichi Fukunaga Dana Award at the annual Sokai and Shinnenkai on January 18. The awards were presented by Dana Award chairman George Okamoto and Reverend Shinkai Murakami.
Hideo Kawahara was recognized for his practice of dana by his contributions to the temple and community. He has served as a Board member for our temple, the J. Walter Cameron Center, the Maui Adult Day Care, and the Nisei Veterans Memorial, along with being an officer of the Haleakala Lions Club..
Betty Yamashiro was recognized as a devoted member of the temple and for her contribution to the community. She often visits homebound friends with bentos or to “talk story.” She is energetic, thoughtful, generous, and willing to help others. She spends countless hours on community projects. She can be seen volunteering at the Maui Okinawan Kenjinkai, Paia Rinzai Mission, Maui Japanese Cultural Society, Nisei Veteran’s Center, Lahaina Art Society, and Lahaina Booster Club.
A SPECIAL EITAIKYO SERVICE WILL BE HELD ON Saturday, February 22, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Reverend Shinkai Murakami invites all members to attend this special service. This Eitaikyo Service is special because it is being held for all departed members of our temple, especially individuals who have been placed in our temple’s Eitaikyo Register.
This service gives us the opportunity to quietly meditate or reflect upon the cherished memories of the deceased and remind us of the impermanency of life. This helps us realize our own changing existence. As we recall the countless benefits bestowed upon us by the deceased, there arises within us a feeling of gratitude toward the deceased and others for making life possible for us.
The word Eitaikyo actually means "perpetual sutra." Eitai means "perpetual" and kyo means "sutra," or "teaching of Buddha." The term "Eitaikyo" is defined as a "perpetual memorial service."
The Eitaikyo Service was started because members wished that the Buddha’s teachings would continue to their descendants from generation to generation, and they established the Eitaikyo Fund for the maintaining of their Sangha or temple. The Eitaikyo fund is a separate fund from the temple's other funds, set aside for use by the temple in special circumstances or emergencies. It is a fund that is not to be used for the general upkeep and day-to-day expenses of the temple.
MEMBERS OF TROOP 40 BOY Scouts and Pack 40 Cub Scouts will observe “Scout Sunday,” at the Wailuku Hongwanji temple on Sunday, February 9, with the raising of the flag and the tolling of the bell at 8:00 a.m.
Scoutmaster Celeste Rabang and Cubmaster Jerry Dela Cruz stated that the Scouts and Cubs annually commemorate Scout Sunday on the second Sunday in February. This event commemorates the founding of the Boy Scouts of America via a National Charter from Congress on February 8, 1910. Scout Sunday is celebrated by thousands of Scouts each year at churches throughout the United States.
Scouting supports the spiritual view of life that underlies the teaching of all denominations and faiths. Scoutmaster Rabang would like to invite parents, grandparents, and friends to take part in the service. She invites everyone to enjoy the refreshments that will be served after the service.