Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is the umbrella organization for Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in the islands. We provide a two-way connection between the head temple in Kyoto, Japan (the Nishi Hongwanji) and temples and organizations in Hawaii.

Shinran Shonin statue with lei

Statue of Shinran Shonin, founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism


The Hawaii mission is one of four large Honpa Hongwanji missions around the world. The others cover the mainland U.S. (Buddhist Chuches of America), South America, and Canada. There also are temples in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Taiwan, and Kenya.

Established in 1889, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii soon became a spiritual and cultural center of Japanese immigrant life, growing into one of Hawaii’s most influential religious communities. Today we offer Jodo Shinshu Buddhist spiritual growth, learning, and service to the community through temples, schools, volunteers, and charitable organizations across the state of Hawaii.

A staff of six and a board made up of temple leaders from across the islands support the Bishop and guide the Mission. The Bishop and four staff comprise the Office of the Bishop, with offices on a temple campus shared with the Hawaii Betsuin temple and Pacific Buddhist Academy. Two staff direct and support the Office of Buddhist Education and Buddhist Study Center near the University of Hawaii Manoa campus.

See also
Organizational FAQ (Frequently-asked Questions)
Board of Directors
 

HHMH Bishop and President with HHMH staff from Bishop's Office, Buddhist Study Center, and Office of Buddhist Education

The Bishop and President with Mission staff. In the front row, Bishop Eric Matsumoto and Mission President Pieper Toyama are in the center, with Rev. Kevin Kuniyuki, Buddhist Study Center Director (left), and Arthur Nakagawa, Business Manager (right). From left to right in the back row are Tamayo Matsumoto; Jamie Lyn Itokazu, Assistant to the Buddhist Study Center Director; Kerrie Wong, Office of Buddhist Education Assistant; Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani, Executive Assistant to the Bishop; Yoshiko Umitani, Secretary; and Dianne Sumida, Administrative Assistant.

 

Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii shares the living teachings of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism so that all beings may enjoy lives of harmony, peace, and gratitude.