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MEMBERS AND friends are cordially invited to the annual New Year’s Eve (Joya e) Service on Tuesday, December 31, beginning at 11:15 p.m. Kyodan president, Michael Munekiyo, reminds members that the final service of the year is a time to reflect on the outgoing year and anticipate and celebrate the beginning of a new year.

After the service, attendees are invited to toll the temple bell to ring in the new year and rid ourselves symbolically of the “108 imperfections” and to partake in the traditional refreshments, which include buckwheat noodles (soba), rice wine (sake) and other items, which will be served in the Social Hall


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I. Introduction and Purpose

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. This desired outcome is consistent with the mission statement of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, which states:


The mission of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is to share the living Teachings of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism so that all beings may enjoy lives of harmony, peace, and gratitude.


DIRECTOR OF FINANCE PAUL HIRANAGA reminds members that the year 2019 is coming to a close. Have you paid your 2019 gojikai (membership dues)? By paying your dues, you are saying I want to be a dues-paying member, and I support the Wailuku Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in serving its members and community. I believe and support what the temple is doing. As we begin to think about our 2019 tax obligation, this might be a good time to send in your dues for 2019. Check with your accountant to determine if you should pay your 2020 dues early. Please do so before the end of the year. Mahalo


Accessible Temple Restroom and Photo Voltaic System Purchase

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.

Project No. 1: Planning, design and construction of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible restroom in the Temple. This work will involve converting the current storage room near the Temple’s Vineyard Street entrance to an accessible restroom. The total estimated cost of the restroom facility, plus exterior utility line connection work is $115,000. Through the generous donations of the family of the late Kazu Sugiki and others, we have thus far made good progress in raising funds for the restroom project.
Project No. 2: Purchase of Wailuku Hongwanji’s rooftop Photo Voltaic (PV) system. Wailuku Hongwanji has received cost saving benefits of this renewable energy system since 2013. Under our agreement with the PV system provider, we are able to purchase the system in the year 2019 for a price of about $70,000. With full ownership of the system, we expect to realize significant energy cost savings, with the long-term benefit of achieving a greater level of financial self-sufficiency for the temple.

Fundraising Goal

Wailuku Hongwanji has a goal of raising $120,000 to support the implementation of the restroom and PV projects.

It is with humility and gratitude that we ask for support from our members and friends in helping us to reach this fundraising goal. Click here to download the WHM Donation Form

Namo Amida Butsu

ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS RECOGNITION a member may receive from our temple is the Dana Award which will be presented to one of our members at the Annual General Membership (Sokai) meeting and New Year’s Party (Shinnenkai), which will be held at the temple on Saturday, January 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The award is named after the late Tadaichi Fukunaga who practiced the Buddhist teachings of Dana, served as an officer and director of our temple, and as an advisor to the Honpa Hongwanji of Hawaii.

To qualify for this award, a member must be a Kyodan member for a minimum of 35 years, an active member of affiliate organizations, participates in community organizations, regularly attends Sunday and major services, practices the Buddhist teaching of Dana, helps propagate the Buddhist teachings, listens to the Dharma, and contributes to his/her temple, family and community.

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