Namu Amida Butsu

1899 – 2019 – 120 Years Please join us as we commemorate 120 years of dedicated service to our members and community on Sunday, October 20, 2019 beginning at 9 a.m.

On this wonderful occasion—Wailuku Hongwanji Mission’s 120th Anniversary—I would like to express my sincere gratitude and offer my congratulations to Wailuku Hongwanji’s ohana to commemorate its memorable celebration. I am truly grateful to be part of this occasion and rejoice in this precious moment together with you.

As you may know, the original temple was built approximately 120 years ago on the corner of Market and Wells Streets in Wailuku. The original temple was demolished but photographs of the temple still exist. It was a beautiful Japanese style temple—very stately.

In 1941, Wailuku Hongwanji moved the temple to its present location on Vineyard and Kaniela Streets. During Wailuku Hongwanji’s 120 years of history, we must remember and be grateful for the countless number of Nembutsu followers who selflessly dedicated, supported, and who willingly spread the Nembutsu teachings throughout the community.

Many of our members were employed by the sugar plantation; many of them went through very difficult and challenging times. However, they learned that Amida Buddha’s great wisdom and compassion were always reaching into their hearts, regardless of their happy or sad times.

We should remember that Amida Buddha is always reaching into our hearts and showing us the light, which shows us the path of truth. All Nembutsu followers will receive the courage in their daily lives and be able to rejoice in the happiness with Amida’s infinite wisdom and compassion.

We learned through our temple services, activities, teachings, and other dedicated Nembutsu followers that have guided us and provided spiritual encouragements in our daily lives.

We all remember our Issei’s wonderful and precious slogan "Kodomo-no-tameni" which when translated into English means "For the Sake of the Children." This slogan is truly a precious gift given to all of us. Through our dedicated members’ efforts, we are all able to rejoice in the happiness with others.

In celebrating our 120th Anniversary, may we remember the slogan, "Okage-sama-de" and know that we are able to celebrate this anniversary because of countless members’ sincere and dedicated support of this temple.

I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all Wailuku Hongwanji Mission and Nembutsu families.

Namu Amida Butsu