Wailuku Hongwanji Mission is the home of many affiliated organizations. The affiliates include religious, educational, youth character development, service, martial arts, and social groups. Membership in these organizations is open to the general public. If you are interested in these affiliates, click on the menu to the left for more information. Please leave your name and contact information with the temple office, and a representative of the affiliated organization will be in touch to you.
Founded in 1946, the Asanotomo, is a group of temple members who attend early morning Sunday service (Oasaji). The group meets on the first Sunday of every month at 6:30 a.m. for worship and fellowship.
Established in 1937, Troop 40 is one of the oldest Boy Scout troops in Maui County with a long history of excellence. The troop offers the character and leadership development program of the Boy Scouts of America for boys who have completed the 5th grade and are at least 10 years old or who are 11 years old, but not yet 18 years old. The troop has many activities throughout the year including camps, hikes, special occasion get-togethers, scouting program activities, community service projects, and fundraising projects. About 250 scouts from Troop 40 have earned the prestigious Eagle Scout rank.
The Wailuku Hongwanji Buddhist Women’s Association (BWA), founded in 1905 as the Wailuku Hongwanji Bukkyo Fujinkai, continues to support the temple and community through its social outreach, service projects, and fundraising activities. BWA members visit residents of adult care facilities, and sew and donate items to those residents. They also donate canned goods to the Maui Food Bank. BWA members assist the temple by helping with set up, food preparation, and cleanup during major services and other activities; cleaning the temple, Nokotsudo, and kitchen; and raising funds and presenting substantial gifts to the temple. Recent gifts have included hanging lanterns, monetary gifts, temple organ, altar decorations, and the minister’s ceremonial robe.
Since 1970, the Wailuku Hongwanji Choir has shared its repertoire of Buddhist music with the temple and community. During recent statewide “Choralfests,“ the choir learned new gathas and performed with a massed choir of about 100 singers. Presentations of its new repertoire during services and other occasions were enjoyed by all. New members are welcome to experience the joy, comfort, and excitement of music.
Pack 40 is one of the largest Cub Scout packs in Maui County. The pack offers a fun, family-oriented program for developing wholesome values and beliefs for boys who are in the 1st through 5th grades or who are 7 to 10 years old. Educational materials in handbooks provide boys with learning opportunities, and chances to earn badges, belt loops, and other awards. Activities such as camping, field trips, derbies, and service projects help boys to experience nature and to learn by doing.
Nichiyo Gakko or Sunday School was established in 1909 to provide Buddhist education for the Wailuku Hongwanji youth. The Sunday School is currently known as the Dharma School. Today, the Dharma School students learn about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism through classes, and participation in various programs and services. Besides regular classes, Students have opportunities to earn the Metta, Sangha, and Dharma religious awards by completing requirements for these awards. Students also participate in district gatherings and help to conduct services at the temple.
The Wailuku Hongwanji Gakuen or Japanese Language School was established in 1906 to teach the children of temple members. Currently, classes are held in the afternoon after public school hours and follow the public school calendar. Student enrollment is diverse and extends beyond temple members. Students learn conversation, reading, and writing in Japanese. Gakugeikai or performances of Japanese skits and speeches, and special programs are held to supplement classes. Recently implemented curriculum enhancements consist of culture days, educational trips to Japan, and a computer lab. The Gakuen offers students opportunities to learn the Japanese language, experience Japanese culture, and learn other skills through technology.
In 1930, Judo and Sumo were offered as physical education electives for male students who attended the Gakuen or Japanese Language School. In 1959, instructors at Hongwanji temples throughout the State organized the Honpa Hongwanji Judo Federation. Creation of the Federation aided the growth of Judo throughout the State. Since 1959, the Federation has organized an annual tournament of Federation clubs. In 2013, the Wailuku Hongwanji Judo Club hosted the 54th Annual Honpa Hongwanji Judo Championships. About 200 contestants from Federation clubs throughout the State participated in the event. The Wailuku Hongwanji Judo Club conducts classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. In recent years, Judo has become popular due to incorporation of the sport into high school athletic programs.
Efforts to provide childcare for temple members began in the 1940s and 1950s. Following the end of World War II in the mid-1940s, Mrs. Edith Izumi started a nursery, but because of a lack of enrollment, the nursery closed after a few years. Then in the 1950s, Mrs. Alice Tokunaga served as director of Tot Town. When she accepted a teaching job with the Department of Education, the nursery closed due to lack of teachers.
The Wailuku Hongwanji Junior YBA is a religious, service, and social organization made up of students from 8th grade through 12th grade. The members assist with temple activities and participate in community service projects. The members also participate in island-wide activities under the Maui United Junior YBA and a state convention under the State Junior YBA.