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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

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.

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

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