THE FOLLOWING HYGIENE RULES SHALL BE complied with when visiting the temple/nokotsudo/social hall/office for any reason:

  • Sanitize or wash your hands with soap when entering and exiting the facilities. (Sanitizer found at entrance).
  • Maintain six (6) feet of physical distancing.
  • Wear face mask/face covering at all times.
  • Items used by multiple people shall not be permitted, e.g., Service Books, Gatha Books, incense containers, shared nenju, etc.
  • Temperatures will be checked with a non-contact thermometer at the temple entrance.
  • If you feel sick, stay at home!
  • We strongly recommend that individuals bring their own hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes for personal use.
  • Wailuku Hongwanji Buddhist Temple strongly recommends that High-Risk* populations and kupuna continue to stay at home.

*The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines highrisk populations as people 65 years and older, living in a nursing home or long-term care facility, with chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, who are immune compromised, who have severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or liver disease.

Nokotsudo (columbarium)

  • Anyone wishing to visit the Nokotsudo may do so by calling the office and scheduling an appointment date and time for the visit.
  • Hand sanitizer (right wall) is available for attendees upon entering and leaving the Nokotsudo.
  • Visitors entering the Nokotsudo shall wear a face covering/mask for the duration of their stay in the Nokotsudo.
  • No more than four (4) unrelated persons at any one time may be in the Nokotsudo, unless all those present in the Nokotsudo are from the same household. If a service of more than four (4) is needed, such service shall be held in the temple, after the temple reopens.
  • Common touch points in the Nokotsudo (chairs, door handles) shall be cleaned daily.

Social Hall

  • The social hall is available for use by Wailuku Hongwanji’s affiliate organizations. Organizations not related to Wailuku Hongwanji will not be able to reserve and use the social hall until further notice.
  • The kitchen shall not be used until further notice.
  • No more than 50 individuals may occupy the social hall at any one time. The affiliate organization responsible for utilizing the social hall shall ensure that the minimum 6- ft. social distancing space is provided during the course of the gathering.
  • A hand sanitizing dispenser is available for use by attendees.
  • All attendees shall wear a face covering/mask for the duration of their stay in the social hall.
  • No shared food items (i.e., subject to common touch) shall be permitted in the social hall.
  • If needed, attendees shall use the restrooms located at the rear of the main temple. The restroom in the kitchen will not be available.
  • Anyone feeling ill or having a fever should not enter the social hall and kitchen.
  • The affiliate organization shall clean all common touch surfaces. Wailuku Hongwanji will provide the cleaning materials.

Classrooms and Conference Room

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVED THE USE of the classrooms and conference room beginning July 5, by Wailuku Hongwanji’s affiliate organizations. Organizations not related to Wailuku Hongwanji will not be able to reserve and use the classrooms and conference room until further notice. Other approved policies are:

    The Wailuku Hongwanji Japanese Language School and Dharma School shall be the priority users of the classrooms and conference room. Reservations for use of the classrooms and conference room by other affiliates of Wailuku Hongwanji shall be made by calling the office. .
  • No more than eight (8) individuals shall be permitted in a classroom or conference room at any one time. .
  • Visitors entering the classroom shall wear face cover and conference room shall wear a face covering/mask..
  • No shared food items (i.e., subject to common touch) shall be permitted in the classrooms and conference rooms. .
  • Attendees shall maintain a minimum 6-ft. social distance. .
  • Attendees shall use the restrooms located at the rear of the main temple. The restroom in the conference room will not be available