“Feeding our Keiki and Kupuna” continues in Honoka‘a

As of Friday, March 13, 2020, the Peace Committee of Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple decided to institute additional food safety practices, distributing “Feeding Our Keiki and Kupuna” meals via take-out only. This reduces the chance of transmitting any illnesses via social contact, and is in line with public health directives.

“Feeding our Keiki and Kupuna” is an important community meal program, which has become a critical resource for many. And, while the initiation of the takeout style service seemed extreme at first, review of current events worldwide and nationwide demonstrates that an overwhelming number of governmental and business organizations are taking equivalent actions to reduce the chances of spreading the dangerous virus.

While no member of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple or any of its volunteers have tested positive for the corona virus, in the spirit of emphasizing safety and health first, the temple has also postponed it Buddha's Birthday Party (originally scheduled for Sunday, April 5). Mindfulness Meditation sessions have also been cancelled until further notice.

In the meanwhile, food preparation of the weekly Friday meals continues under supervision of certified food safety handlers. Cautionary steps include “social distancing” and volunteers strictly follow Department of Health food handling and preparation guidelines as well as disinfecting techniques recommended by the federal Center for Disease Control.

The next “Feeding our Keiki and Kupuna” will take place Friday, March 20, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, at Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Meals can be picked up outside the kitchen, as was done last week. The public’s understanding and cooperation is appreciated. During difficult times, our focus remains on peace, compassion and inter-dependence.


Contributions can be made to: “Peace Committee” PO Box 1667, Honokaa, HI 96727

To Volunteer, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; text to 808 640 4602

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49th Day Memorial Service and Community Forum for Right Action General public & students encouraged to attend.
Honoring the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Florida shootings, and creating Right Action in our community.
April 4, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

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July 19, 2017

Parking Lot Rummage Sale Saturday, August 19 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Honoka’a Hongwanji Parking Lot

We have an overstock of donations filling our storage spaces. Please come and help us clean house. Everything must go!

Bargains and collectibles from our Temple Basement Store and storage rooms. Bring a friend, and discover great finds in furniture, clothing, electronics, musical instruments, antiques & more!

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July 10, 2017 




The Honokaʻa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple invites the community to join its 114th annual Memorial Service on July 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Social Hall, followed by Bon Dance at 7 p.m. Anyone of any faith is encouraged to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away in the last twelve months

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May 14, 2017




(Re)Paying it Backwards !


Seniors,* show your gratitude for the teachers who helped you along the way.

1.             Tell us about a teacher who was special, in some way or another. (It doesn't matter what grade it was.)

2.             Submit a statement to: iThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 50 words or less or message us at PeaceDayParade on facebook.   

3.             The emcee will read the statement at the 63rd Annual Baccalaureate Service**, Tuesday, May 16, 6 pm, Social Hall, Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

4.             Students do not have to be present; they can just submit a statement.

5.             However, all students participating at the event will receive PIZZA REWARDS, courtesy of  our sponsors and the Peace Committee.  Student must be present to receive their reward.

6.             Students may request to present the statement themselves.

7.             Students are encouraged to invite their special teacher.

8.             Dinner will be served after the service. 

9.             Free to all graduates, families, friends and the general public.

10.         Please RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or  text to 808-640 4602.

11.         Special guests will include members of The Class of 1942 (this is their 75th anniversary!) and The Class of 1967 (this is their 50th anniversary!).


Ms. Rachelle Matsumura, Honoka`a High and Intermediate School principal will address the seniors.



*   Students can be from private, public, or home-schools.


** A “Baccalaureate service” is an historical and traditional service honoring a graduating class, high school or college.  Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple has been the host of this service since the 1960’s.


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March 25, 2017

Akiko Masuda's community service group, “Hamakua Cemetery Stewards,” will be coming to work SUNDAY, MARCH 26TH, 1:30 – 3:30 PM to work on the Honokaa temple's cemetery.  (This is their second visit!) We are truly grateful for their help and encourage others to come out to help in any way (either with work, food, or donations, etc.).  Bring tools and dress appropriately.

The cemetery is located Mamane Street/Waipio Valley Highway, ½ mile past Lehua Street, mauka side.


March 16, 2017


The Path of Mindfulness
from Sakyamuni Buddha to Amida Buddha

Explore classical and contemporary practices of mindful meditation

A special presentation and guided meditation


Dr. Mark Unno, University of Oregon

noted Zen scholar, educator, author

Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Kohala Hongwanji Temple

FREE. Everyone is welcome regardless of religious background

or spiritual beliefs. No previous meditation experience is necessary.


Please RSVP to 808-895-3179 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Donations gratefully accepted along with 
potluck contributions for refreshments.

(To coordinate car-pooling, contact one of the Four Temples hosting.)


Hosted by the Four Temples Association

(Honokaa, Kamuela, Kohala and Paauilo Hongwanji Buddhist Temples)


Directions to Kohala Hongwanji Temple:

From Hawi Town, head through Kapa`au.  Go past Kohala Middle School and Arakaki Store, then  3/4 mile, on right / mauka, see temple's purple sign at 53-4300 Akoni Pule Hwy.



This is a Nembutsu Seminar funded in part by the Commission on
Buddhist Education, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii


February 15, 2017

Semi-annual Temple Clean Up 1 pm to 5 pm, Sunday, February 19, 2017

Let's work together on cleaning up:  the yard,

the parking lot garden, kitchen, bathrooms, temple windows,

social hall (windows, rooms and floor);  and more !

Members, friends, and affiliated activity groups are encouraged to join in.

If you cannot make it this Sunday, please volunteer to help at some other time.

Light refreshments and fellowship afterwards.


Peace and gratitude,

Miles Okumura, President

Board of Directors

 February 14. 2017

Event announcement: Sunday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. 

Honokaa Hongwanji Mission, Honokaa, Hawaii

"Deciphering the Stone: Revealing the footprints of Katsu Goto through a gravestone inscription"

free presentation by Katsu Goto Film Project researcher and volunteer Dr. Yoshinori Kato from Oiso, Japan (Goto's hometown) along with film project video. 





February 2, 2017


Statement by Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Office of the Bishop and Committee on Social Concerns on President Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees and Immigration


On January 27, 2017, the Office of the President of the United States of America issued an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  The order also suspends all refugee admission to the United States for 120 days and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely.

The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii expresses its concern that such action, temporary or otherwise, appears to ban a class of people based on religion and/or nationality and is not consistent with the values upon which the United States of America is founded. Such action which applies in a blanket manner to those of the Muslim Tradition raises fear that history is repeating itself. Many people of our own Buddhist religious tradition, because of the ethnicity and nationality of a large portion of our members, experienced discrimination and incarceration following an executive order during WW II.

While we understand the importance of reducing terroristic threats through stricter screening procedures for entry into the United States, our government should not isolate and target entire groups based on religion, ethnicity, and/or nationality. It is the belief of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii that our own security as a nation is inextricably linked with the security of peoples around the world. Our polices should help relieve the suffering of all people, including those of Muslim-majority countries.


Guided by Wisdom and Compassion, may we as individuals, communities, and a nation refrain from actions that cause divisiveness and instead act in ways that lead to peace, harmony, and safety for all peoples. 




“Mindfulness Meditation in Hongwanji – Really?”

This will be the topic of 3 Nembutsu Seminars to be held this week on our Big Island!
Reverend David Fujimoto from the Mililani Hongwanji, will be talking about the place of/for "mindfulness" or meditation in the practice of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Within the history and doctrines of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism he will talk about the controversy of whether Mindfulness Meditation has a place in the Hongwanji.
These seminars are sponsored by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii's Commission on Buddhist Education.
The first seminar will be held this Wed. the 14th at the Kona Hongwanji. 
The second will be at the Papaikou Hongwanji on Thurs. the 15th.
And the third will be at the Kamuela Hongwanji on Fri. the 16th.
The Public is encouraged to attend!
And all of these are events are free!
Pot luck food is encouraged!
For directions:
If you have any questions, please call Rev. Shingo Furusawa: 
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HAWAIʻI ISLAND—The holiday season is a magical time of year, and award-winning magicians Bruce and Jennifer Meyers are celebrating with a very special four-day Magic Camp to future wizards age six and up.
A joint project of Meyers and the Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Magic Camp takes place December 27-29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and December 30, 5-7 p.m., in the temple’s social hall.
Future magicians will be taught new tricks every day of camp, including how to make things appear and disappear, levitate, switch places, and more. And, they will build their own magic kit to take home and astound their friends. 
“The study of magic is educational and valuable for young people in many ways. It can boost confidence, inspire a positive attitude, and so much more,” said Meyers. “And that’s the real magic, helping the kids.”
Cost for Magic Camp is $70 per student. Please register in advance at www.BruceMeyers.com, or call (808) 982-9294. Financial assistance will be available; please inquire. 
For families unable to afford the cost of Magic Camp, the producers welcome contributions or offers to sponsor students in need. Donations can be sent to “Peace Committee” (c/o Honokaa Hongwanji; PO Box 1667, Honokaa HI 96727). 
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Juseige (Three Sacred Vows) …


I establish the Vows unexcelled,

And reach the Highest Path, Bodhi,

Were these Vows unfulfilled,

I would never attain Enlightenment.


I will be the great provider,

Throughout innumerable kalpas,

Should I fail to save all in need,

I would never attain Enlightenment.


Upon my attaining Enlightenment,

If my Name were not heard anywhere,

In the ten quarters of the universe,

I would never attain Enlightenment.


Practicing the Holy Way – selflessness,

Depth in right reflection and pure wisdom,

Aspiring toward the highest path,

I will be the teacher of devas and men.


My wondrous power by its great light,

Brightens the countless lands throughout,

Removes the darkness of the three defilements,

And delivers all from suffering and pain.



Opening the eyes of Wisdom,

I will end this darkness of ignorance.

Blocking all the paths of evil,

I will open the gate to Attainment.


Having attained Buddhahood untainted,

My august air shall illumine the ten quarters.

The sun and the moon being outshone,

The celestial lights shall hide in shame.


I will open the Dharma-storehouse

And bestow upon all the treasure of my virtues.

Constantly going among the masses,

I will preach the Dharma with a lion's roar.


Paying homage to all the Buddhas

I will be endowed with all virtues.

Vows and Wisdom completely realized,

I will be master of the three worlds.


As Buddha's wisdom unimpeded

Has no place its light cannot reach,

So my power of Merit and Wisdom

Shall be equal to the Honored One's.


If my vows be certainly fulfilled,

May this whole universe quake.

And may the host of devas

Rain wondrous blossoms from the sky.