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
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.
EVEREND KERRY KIYOHARA, Resident Minister at Makawao Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, will be the guest speaker at our Eitaikyo Service on Sunday, November 10, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Reverend Shinkai Murakami encourages members and friends to attend the Eitaikyo Service. He said that "Eitaikyo" is defined as "perpetual memorial service." The word Eitaikyo actually means "perpetual sutra." Eitai means "perpetual" and Kyo means "sutra," or "teaching of Buddha.”
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.
WAILUKU HONGWANJI MEMBERS are invited to register their child early for Preschool for the 2020 – 2021 school year. An applicant MUST be a Wailuku Hongwanji Mission member at least 3 months prior to submitting an application. Members will begin the registration process beginning on Friday, November 1, to Friday, December 13, 2019. If the deadline is missed, families may apply on Monday, January 6, 2020.