three photos of collapsed road and buildings in Japan

Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund launched; runs through June 30, 2016

Earthquakes on April 14 and April 16 in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan killed scores of people and caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. Nearly 400 Hongwanji temples suffered damage, up to and including structural collapse. Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii (HHMH) is sending an initial donation of $5,000...

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honoring Rev. Shimabukuro at West Kauai Hongwanji Mission

The Mission honors Rev. Yoshiko Shimabukuro

Rev. Yoshiko Shimabukuro’s Appreciation Service was held on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at West Kauai Hongwanji Mission (the resident minister is Rev. Tomo Hojo and the president is Mr. Alton Miyamoto). It was a great honor to have Rev. Shimabukuro’s Appreciation Service. We presented her with an...

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looking up through backlit Bodhi tree leaves

Rev. Chikai Yosemori, 1932-2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2016 Rev. Chikai Yosemori, the retired 14th Bishop of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, died on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. He was 84 years old. For all of his 42 years as a minister and his work after retirement, the foundation of Rev. Yosemori’s...

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check presentationm with Bishop Matsumoto in front of American Red Cross sign

Mission presents Social Concerns donation for Fiji cyclone relief

Bishop Eric Matsumoto and Dean Sakamoto, Committee on Social Concerns Chair, presented a monetary donation to the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter, on March 21, 2016. The donation was made towards their International Relief Fund to support relief efforts for damage incurred at Fiji caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston...

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Hawaii State Attorney General, Doug Chin, delivers his plenary at the Faith Summit on Homelessness

The Mission participates in faith-based Summit on Homelessness

The IHS, Institute for Human Services, with a mission to support those who need help and to respect all people’s rights to live safely and with dignity, held a faith-based Summit on Homelessness at Central Union Church on March 14, 2016, co-sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Hawai’i. The intention...

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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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