"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."

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

The Wailuku Hongwanji Young Buddhist Association (YBA) was organized by Reverend Tetsuzan Funakura in January 1903. The purpose of organizing the group was to further the interest in the Buddha’s teachings among the younger members. Throughout the years, Reverend Kagetsu Shibata and Reverend Seiya Kai directed the YBA members. Reverend Kai expanded the YBA program to include non-religious activities such as sports, the formation of a concert band and other activities.

Formed in the early 1930s the Wailuku Hongwanji Junior YBA was made up of students from the 8th grade through high school. The Junior YBA members are active participants in temple activities, including obon, Sunday services, and preparing the soba and other refreshments served during the annual New Year’s Eve service. Additionally, the members plan and participate in many community service projects. The Wailuku Hongwanji Junior YBA is part of the Maui United Junior YBA and part of the State Junior YBA organization. The Maui United Junior YBA has hosted the State convention in years past. Former advisors for the Wailuku Hongwanji Junior YBA include Tom Nomura, Grace Taguchi, Lois Taguchi, Joyce Kawahara, and Susan Taketa. The current advisor is Lynn Yamauchi

Wailuku Hongwanji Mission
1828 Vineyard Street
Wailuku, HI 96793
Telephone: (808) 244-0406 or (808) 244 -9647
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Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Family Services at Wailuku Hongwanji are held every Sunday at 8:00am. To learn more about other services we offer click on the button below


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