"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

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
Sandra Matsuda
Director of Activities
Paul Hiranaga
Director of Finance
Ronald Fukumoto
Director of Properties
Faith Tengan
Director of Records
George Okamoto
Director of Religious Affairs
Emiko Sakagawa
Director of Youth Activities


Franklin Hamasaki
Business Manager and Director
Stanley Hashimoto
Hideo Kawahara
Janet Kubota
BWA President and Director
Richard Minatoya
Aldon Mochida
Gary Murai
Michael Nishimoto
Stanley Okamoto
Nelson Okamura
Preschool Representative and Director
Kazuo Sugiki
Joan Tamori
Dharma School Representative and Director
Darren Unemori
Wesley Wong, Jr.
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/

Namu Amida Butsu

LET US WELCOME THE NEW YEAR WITH A MIND OF joy and gratitude. May we all express and recite the Nembutsu, Namo Amida Butsu, with a sincere feeling of warmth, joy, and happiness. And, may we live our lives with Amida’s infinite wisdom and compassion.

The year 2019 has passed. However, we do have many memories of the year. Life is great and very precious.

At the beginning of the year, I always remember this one Nembutsu follower whom I have received sincere and warm feelings of wisdom and compassion.

I met this one Nembutsu follower at Pearl City Hongwanji in 1998, and she taught me to think how wonderful our life is.

This lady really loves attending temple services. At the temple, she was always smiling and expressed her warmth joy and happiness to others. She always said the following: "My joy of happiness is attending temple services on Sunday with my daughter-in-law." She always sat in the front row and it seemed to me that she truly enjoyed the Sunday morning services. I would always see her singing the gatha, chanting the sutra, listening to the dharma, and always reciting the Nembutsu. However, her daughter-in-law told me that her hearing was less than 20 percent compared to the average person. She doesn’t like to use her hearing aids, so she was not able to hear most of the conversations. However, what I discovered from her is her warm feeling of joy that came from her entire body. She told me, "Sensei, I cannot hear well but I love to come to church services because even if I am not able to hear well, I always feel that my pores, my nose, my mouth, and entire body are receiving the Dharma from our temple and through your messages." Her smile was contagious and I could feel the joy and happiness that she felt from attending the temple services and receiving Amida Buddha’s great wisdom and compassion.

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Namu Amida Butsu

Wow, it is the end of 2019. Time passes by so quickly. (Actually, time travels at the same speed but when we become old, we feel that time flies by so quickly).

Since I read a lot, I must have my reading glasses with me. Otherwise, I cannot read the newspapers, books, or my mail. I can tell that my vision is getting weaker, and I need to update my glasses. When I went to the optometrist for my yearly exam, I could not read the small letters; I was able to read them last year. So the doctor said, "Well, reverend, your vision is a bit weaker this year so you will need to update your glasses." So today, I have eight reading glasses. Two in my office, one in the car, one in the bedroom, one at the temple, one at the Japanese School classroom, and two are at my computer desk in the house. Two were prescribed by the doctor and are bifocals and other 6 are reading glasses.

When I was growing up, I never thought that I would need glasses for reading. I always felt that "If you are using glasses for reading, you must be old!" Now that I am using them, I am truly an old person.

Buddha said that "Everything is changing and everything is impermanent." However, we (maybe only me) may not pay attention to this very important fact.


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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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