Talk Story with Rev. Kerry Kiyohara (Hawaii Betsuin)

Event details

  • Saturday | May 18, 2019
  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Hawaii Betsuin Annex Temple
    1727 Pali Highway
    Honolulu, HI 96813
  • (808) 536-7044

front view of outside of Hawaii Betsuin Annex Temple

Honpa Hongwanj Hawaii Betsuin
Gotan-e Weekend Talk Story

with Reverend Kerry Kiyohara

“New Insights and Perspectives:
Sangha-centered Dharma”


Rev. Kerry Kiyohara
Rev. Kerry Kiyohara, Makawao Hongwanji

Reverend Kerry Kiyohara is the resident minister of Makawao Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Maui. He was born and raised in Los Angeles; graduated with BA and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California. Reverend Kerry previously had a career as CEO, COO, and CMO in the advertising agency business, partner in start-up ventures, strategy consultant, and copywriter in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, and Honolulu.

Kiyohara Sensei was tokudo ordained in 2016, graduated from Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin Seminary in Kyoto, and was certified as a kyōshi teacher in the Jōdo Shinshū Hongwanji tradition in 2018. Kerry speaks native English, is fluent in Japanese, has command of basic Spanish, survival Chinese, and struggles with da kine pidgin Hawaiian Creole English. He and his wife, Mimy, have a son, Kendall Akira, a lovely daughter-in-law, Arlene, and a precious six-year-old granddaughter, Melody Hatsune, who live in Honolulu.


“Talk Story” is a unique local cultural experience in which people share their life experiences and develop relationships that build and strengthen communities. At Hawaii Betsuin, we invite special Dharma teachers to lead a dialogue that enhances our awareness, understanding and experience of the embrace of wisdom and compassion. Rennyo Shonin spread Shinran Shonin’s teaching through Ko Groups; conducting dialogues with common people about everyday living on the Nembutsu Path. This event is also an opportunity to spend some time with a new Hongwanji minister.

Temple Access
Vehicle access to the temple grounds is from Lusitana Street, not Pali Highway. The Annex Temple is the more modern building on the makai (ocean) side of the campus. The Talk Story will be on the main (upper) level. From the back lot on the Lusitana Street side of the temple, no stairs are required to access the temple.

Rev. Kiyohara will also be the guest speaker Hawaii Betsuin’s 9:30 a.m. Gotan-e Combined Service the following morning, Sunday May 19. All welcome!