THE MAUI HONGWANJI Council will be sponsoring the annual Fujimatsuri (Gotan-e) or Wisteria Festival on Sunday, May 19, at Kahului Hongwanji Mission from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A service begins at 9:00 a.m. Games, a songfest, lunch, bingo, and fellowship will be part of the funfest.

Bus service will not be available. Temple members are encouraged to car pool because of limited parking. Members needing transportation should sign up in the office and meet at our temple at 8:15 a.m. on May 19. Deadline to sign-up is Sunday, May 5.

The Fujimatsuri Festival is held annually to celebrate the birthday of Shinran Shonin who was born on May 21, 1173. The wisteria is the flower that represents our sect and is visible as a mon (crest) in our temple and within most of our publications. The wisteria is symbolic of Jodo Shinshu in that unlike other flowers which seem to stand up straight and tall when in full bloom, the wisteria hangs down, as if in humility. This teaches us that a true and real human being does not stand up in arrogance of their accomplishments, but rather realizes that they have much to be grateful for.