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

Every Friday from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Meals can be picked up outside the kitchen

“Feeding our Keiki and Kupuna” is an important community meal program, which has become a critical resource for many. The Peace Committee of Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple has instituted additional food safety practices, distributing meals via take-out only. While the initiation of the take-out style service seemed extreme at first. This is to help reduce the chance of transmitting any illnesses via social contact, and is in line with public health directives.

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.

SAFETY FIRST! There has been another recent uptick in positive cases of Covid-19 on the Big Island, primarily related to travel. While no member of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple or any of its volunteers have tested positive for the coronavirus, face coverings and social distancing are required when working in the kitchen or social hall. We appreciate every one of our volunteers, and rely on them to make the community meal program a success.

The public’s understanding and cooperation is appreciated. During difficult times, our focus remains on peace, compassion and interdependence.

Ways You Can Help 

Each Friday: We need help during the following time slots to prepare meals and clean up.

  • 9 am Kitchen Crew help
  • 2 pm Kitchen Crew help and Upstairs Drive-through Crew
  • 5:30 pm Cleanup Crew dishes, tables, sweeping, mopping, trash.

Please RSVP what volunteer time works best for you. Text Miles at 808 640 4602 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pick-up Food: Donated food needs to be picked up and delivered to the Temple.

Make Donations:

  • We are in need of one pound bags of pinto beans (for chili).
  • Share the produce from your garden with families in our community.
  • Bags of rice would always be helpful as we go through almost three bags a week. 
  • CHILDREN'S BOOKS – especially for ages 3 – 6, are great for Bill to hand out to the families on Fridays.
  • A $5 cash donation helps buy dinner for an entire family on Friday evening. 


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

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


Peace Day 2020: Ring Your Bell For Peace Day

Bells rang at temples, churches, schools, and community organizations around the world. Bell ringers joined together via Zoom in an event that was streamed live on Facebook to celebrate Peace Day.


Please visit the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii's Peace Day 2020 page for more information about the event. 

(Monday, September 21, 2020)

First ever ‘Traveling Bon Dance’ conducted in Honoka'a

Honoka'a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple presented Hawaii’s only live bon dance event “in real time” on Aug. 2, as dancers and helpers took the show on the road, visiting homes in the community. 

The first ever “Traveling Bon Dance” began at the Honokaa cemetery, where participants honored departed loved ones in a ceremonial dance. Afterward, a caravan of pickup trucks and cars moved from house to house to perform in yards or driveways.

..continued on Hawaii Tribune-Herald (Thursday, August 6, 2020)

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.