"All things, the water and the air included, are linked together, one thing encircling and being encircled by the other... When Amida Buddha shines upon me and all of the rest of life, we are linked together as lives saved by that light. -Gomonshu Koshin Otani from The Buddha's Wish for the World"

Vision 2030

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...

120th Anniversary Projects

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


Reverend Shinkai Murakami (biography)
Resident Minister
Michael Munekiyo
Chair of the Board
Gary Murai
Vice Chair
Danny Topp
Director of Activities
Paul Hiranaga
Director of Finance
Ronald Fukumoto
Director of Properties
Faith Tengan
Director of Records
Tamara Manley
Director of Religious Affairs


Director (Troop 40 Representative)
Brian Hashiro
Director (BWA Representative)
Joan Tamori
Director (Dharma School Representative
Eric Ikeuchi
Director (Gakuen Representative)
Director (Preschool Representative)
Franklin Hamasaki
Gwen Hiraga
Aldon Mochida
Gregg Okamoto
Shelley Quipotla
Joyce Tamori
Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha (Nishi Hongwanji): http://www.hongwanji.or.jp/english/
Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii: http://www.hongwanjihawaii.com/
Kahului Hongwanji Buddhist Temple: http://kahuluihongwanji.org/
Lahaina Hongwanji Mission: http://www.lahainahongwanji.com/
Makawao Hongwanji Mission: http://www.makawaohongwanji.org/

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Namu Amida Butsu

Dear Wailuku Hongwanji members, I sincerely hope that all of you and your family are doing well and receiving Amida Buddha’s infinite wisdom and compassion in your daily lives.

The main purpose of the teaching of the Buddha is to “[get] rid of pain or suffering and [give] us a peaceful mind.” So, Buddha preaches to us with some examples associated with our daily lives, enabling us to understand the principal of the teaching itself. Unfortunately, we are not often aware of this association and find ourselves asking Buddha for help when something happens, and we feel helpless. However, Buddha’s infinite guidance and his light of wisdom and compassion are always reaching into our hearts. We have all experienced hard and difficult things in our lives, but the teachings of the Buddha guide us to be aware of these difficulties and to realize and accept these difficulties as part of life, without doubt and without blaming others. We should always be looking to Buddha for his spiritual guidance, just like Kisagotami did so long ago…

Once there was a young woman named Kisagotami, the wife of a wealthy man, who lost her mind because of the death of her child. She took the child in her arms and went from house to house begging people to heal her child. Of course, they could do nothing for her, but finally one of followers of Buddha advised her to see the Buddha who was then staying at the temple of Jitavana. Kisagotami felt that Buddha could do something for her dead child, so she carried her dead child and ran to the Buddha’s place. When she reached the Buddha’s place, he realized that she lost her child. Buddha gazed at Kisagotami, full of sympathy, and said to her: “To heal the child I need some poppy seeds; go and beg for four or five poppy seeds from some home where death has never entered.” So, the poor, demented woman went out and sought seeds where death had never entered the house, but all her efforts were in vain and at last she was obligated to return to Buddha. In his quiet presence her mind cleared, and she understood the meaning of Buddha’s words. She took the baby’s body away and buried it and then returned to Buddha and became one of his followers.

We chant the Sutra at our temple services. Sutras are the Buddha’s spiritual guidance. When we chant the sutras and we hear the Sutras, we are reminding ourselves that Buddha’s spiritual guidance is reaching into our hearts and showing us the path of the truth. So, the guidance of the Buddha is “[like] entering a dark room with a light in the hand: the darkness will all be cleared away and the room will be filled with light.” Similar to Kisagotami who understood the meaning of the Buddha’s guidance, the Buddha’s teaching was able to clear away the darkness of suffering and sorrow.

We empathize with Amida Buddha’s wisdom and compassion as Infinite Light and Life that always reaches into our hearts, showing us the path of the truth. By listening to the Buddha Dharma his wisdom will open our eyes, the eyes of our inner heart, and be able to see the truth in our lives. The most important thing to remember is that we must accept things the way they are, and that Amida’s teachings will save everyone from the ocean of suffering.

Listening to the Buddha Dharma, we may cry, laugh, think, and doubt, but Buddha Dharma is the spiritual light for all of us to see the truth and realize that Amida Buddha is truly guiding us to the path of the truth in our precious life. Once we understand Amida’s infinite light in our heart, we are firmly able to walk the path of the truth with the great guidance of the Nembutsu. As Shinran Shonin clearly stated about Amida’s great light in the Hymns of the Pure Land “Countless Amida Buddhas reside, in the light of the Buddha of unhindered light, each one of these transformed Buddhas protect, the person of true and real Shinjin.”

Namu Amida Butsu

Rev. Shinkai Murakami

Our resident minister, Reverend Shinkai Murakami, was born in Fukuoka, Japan. Rev. Murakami joined the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii on December 1, 1985 and is one of its senior ministers with 28 years of experience. Prior to being assigned to Wailuku Hongwanji, he served as associate minister of Hilo Hongwanji (1985-1988), resident minister of Kapaa Hongwanji (1988-1995), and resident minister of Pearl City Hongwanji (1995-2004).

Rev. Murakami has accomplished much during his previous assignments. He helped to reorganize the Japanese Language School and was appointed to the board of the Hawaii Japanese Language School Association in 1988. During his term at Kapaa Hongwanji, Hurricane Iniki hit the Island of Kauai on September 11, 1991 and caused widespread damage. With temple members and supporters, he helped to rebuild Kapaa Hongwanji’s temple, social hall, and parsonage. During his tenure at Pearl City Hongwanji, he increased temple membership and participated in community activities. Such activities included joining the Interfaith Chaplain program, taking their classes, and serving as volunteer chaplain for a hospital.

In July of 2004, Rev. Murakami was assigned to Wailuku Hongwanji. During his tenure at Wailuku Hongwanji, he participated in the temple’s 105th anniversary in 2004 and 110th anniversary in 2009. He has been instrumental in increasing temple membership by recruiting more than 12 new members every year. As the principal of the Japanese Language School, he has implemented new programs that have increased student enrollment to over 90 students. New programs include culture days and educational trips to Japan. In 2012, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce presented him with an award to recognize his efforts with the Japanese language schools throughout the State. In addition, he has been involved with planning and implementing temple improvement projects. Examples of such projects include the handicap accessible ramp between the main temple and the columbarium at the rear of the temple, the elevator from the ground level to the columbarium, and expansion of the columbarium and refurbishment of its altar for the temple’s 110th anniversary. He has also advised Eagle Scout candidates from Troop 40 to take on temple improvements projects. In 2011, he organized a committee to prepare a cookbook, A Taste of Dharma, to raise funds for the temple’s Vision 2030 program. The cookbook was an overwhelming success with the publication and sale of 1,500 copies in 2012.

Besides working with the temple, Rev. Murakami is involved with State Hongwanji, Maui District Hongwanji, and community activities. On the State level, he is a member of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Bishop’s advisory committee and president of the Hawaii Japanese Language School Association. On Maui, he is the head of the Maui District Hongwanji ministers, advisor of the Maui Hongwanji youth program, and a member of the Maui Interfaith Ministry. He assists many community programs and organizations, and was recently installed as the president of the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui. Wailuku Hongwanji Mission is fortunate to have an experienced, hard working resident minister.


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Wailuku Hongwanji Mission
1828 Vineyard Street
Wailuku, HI 96793
Telephone: (808) 244-0406 or (808) 244 -9647
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Chair: Michael Munekiyo
Vice Chair: Gary Murai

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