2016 Giseikai delegates on the steps of Hawaii Betsuin. Photo by Alan Kubota.

Hongwanji leaders convene in Honolulu for 104th Giseikai (Legislative Assembly)

The 104th Giseikai, the Legislative Assembly of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, was held at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin on February 12-13, 2016. A total of 148 delegates and observers (temple representatives) from throughout the Hawaiian Islands had gathered to discuss the resolutions including the Mission budget for the...

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Polly Kauahi, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hawaii Food Bank, receives the Mission's donation from Bishop Eric Matsumoto and Blayne Higa, HHMH Social Concerns Committee Chair. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Food Bank.

12 million pounds of food distributed

Did you know that 1 out of 5 people, annually, need help in getting food? Yes, according to the Fact Book of the Hawaii Food Bank, 287,000 people, of all ages, receive help in getting food each year in Hawaii. On December 28, 2015, Rev. Blayne Higa, Chair of the...

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Makawao Hongwanji Mission Temple - front of temple with wisteria crest

Updates to ministerial assignments announced

Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii announces the following updates to ministerial assignments: Rev. William Masuda, a retired minister of the Buddhist Churches of America, will be assigned to Makawao Hongwanji Mission as its resident minister as of February 1, 2016. This will be a temporary assignment (at least 2 years)...

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New titles at the Headquarters Book Store

Introducing new books available for purchase at Headquarters Book Store now: The Awareness of Self A guide to the Understanding of Shin Buddhism By Gyodo Hagui (Translated by William Masuda) Reprinted 2015 published by Buddhist Education Center $8.00

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Honouliuli Internment Camp, by National Park Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Honpa Hongwanji contingency visits Honouliuli

Honouliuli Internment Camp, by National Park Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Source » It was 8 a.m. in the morning when a group of Buddhist and Shinto priests boarded a bus which departed Honolulu headed for Leeward Oahu. At a predestination stop, one could see the wide expanse of land...

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two photos from the Peace on Your Wings Los Angeles performance

Peace on Your Wings – Los Angeles, Mainland Premiere

We are pleased to report that the original musical inspired by the life of Sadako Sasaki, Peace on your Wings, North America Premiere Shows in Los Angeles were highly successful. Peace on your Wings did 3 shows at Aratani Theater which has an 880 seat capacity at the Japanese American...

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