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Let’s celebrate together!

By Rev. Tomo Hojo, Triple Celebration Committee Co-Chair
Rev. Tomo Hojo
We are pleased to inform you that the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii will commemorate the Triple Celebration on September 7 & 8, 2024.

The year 2023 marked the 850th anniversary of the birth of Shinran Shonin, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist tradition, and 2024 will be the 800th anniversary of the establishment of the Jodo Shinshu teaching and the 135th anniversary of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. Accordingly, in 2024, we will observe commemorative services and workshops on those auspicious occasions.

Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Triple Celebration

Theme “Sharing the Joy of Nembutsu Together: Our Living Heart of Gratitude”
Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Takashi Miyaji
Date September 7 & 8, 2024
Place Ala Moana Hotel (Honolulu)

We would like to encourage the Honpa Hongwanji affiliated organizations, members, and friends to join the celebration.

Ed. note: Please view registration and other event information using the tabs above, to the right of “Welcome.” To get a taste of the history of Honpa Hongwanji in Hawaii, see our History page. More history and archival materials will be on display at the Triple Celebration.

Schedule: Registration Deadlines

March 31, 2024

Early Registration Deadline ($250)

July 31, 2024

Late Registration Deadline ($300)

Schedule: Triple Celebration

September 7, 2024 (Sat.)

850th Anniversary of Shinran Shonin’s Birth
800th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Jodo Shinshu Teaching

9:00 am – 10:00 am Registration
10:00 am – 11:00 am Opening Service (Shin Gohonden Saho in commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Shinran Shonin’s Birth & 800th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Jodo Shinshu Teaching)
11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Takashi Miyaji
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Workshop I Choices (click to display/hide)
  • Significance of Establishment of Jodo Shinshu Tradition and Doctrine – Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara
  • Historical Highlights of Hongwanji in Hawaii + Intro to Archiving – Archives Committee
  • Compassion in Action: Shin Buddhist Social Engagement – Social Concerns Committee
  • Greening the Hongwanji: Awareness and Connection – Green Hongwanji Committee
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Workshop II Choices (click to display/hide)
  • Significance of Establishment of Jodo Shinshu Tradition and Doctrine – Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara
  • Historical Highlights of Hongwanji in Hawaii + Intro to Archiving – Archives Committee
  • Compassion in Action: Shin Buddhist Social Engagement – Social Concerns Committee
  • The Giving Gratitude Tree – Dharma School
4:30 pm Hotel Check-in
Saturday evening – Dinner on your own.

September 8, 2024 (Sun.)

135th Anniversary of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii

7:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:00 am HHMH 135th Anniversary Commemorative Service
10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 11:30 am Panel Discussion “Sharing of the Joy of Nembutsu Together”
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Closing

See Also

Triple Celebration Buddhist Education Series

How to register for the Triple Celebration September 7-8, 2024

Register Online

You may fill in the online Triple Celebration Registration Form. When you submit the form, you will be provided a link to pay online.

Or, register using a paper form and check

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Click the image for a registration form you may print or download.
  1. Print the registration form.
  2. Fill out the registration form with your contact information and preferences.
    Please consider joining the Triple Celebration Choir! You can indicate your interest on the registration form. For more information, see the call to join the choir.
  3. Mail the registration form with a check payable to HHMH to:
    Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
    Attn: Triple Celebration Committee
    1727 Pali Highway
    Honolulu, HI 96813

Cost and Registration Deadlines

$250 per person for registrations received by March 31, 2024

$300 per person for registrations received by July 31, 2024

$150 per youth registration (25 years old or younger)

Subsidy for Neighbor Island Participants

Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii will provide a $200 subsidy for neighbor island participants.

Refunds: Refunds will be issued in full for refund requests received on or before August 6, 2024. After August 6, 2024, no refunds will be issued.

Registration Includes

  • One breakfast
  • One lunch banquet
  • Services
  • Workshops
  • Panel discussion

Room Reservations at Ala Moana Hotel

Please reserve your room at Ala Moana Hotel by August 6, 2024.
After that date, we will release rooms in order to avoid paying a penalty.

Kona Tower: $194.00 plus tax
Waikiki Tower: $224.00 plus tax
No resort fees

If you would like to reserve online, the link is:
https://book.passkey.com/e/50708991

If you wish to reserve by phone, please use one of the numbers below.
Be sure to mention that you are with the Honpa Hongwanji Triple Celebration.
Reservations Toll Free: (800) 367-6025
Reservations Local Phone: (808) 955-4811

Support the Triple Celebration

By Rev. Blayne Higa, Fundraising Division Chair
Rev. Blayne Higa
The Triple Celebration is being planned as a wonderful event which honors the rich heritage of Hawaii Kyodan, the many contributions our temples have made in communities across Hawaii and celebrates the joy of the Nembutsu. We invite you to be a part of this historic celebration.

Triple Celebration Sponsorship form
A Sponsorship Form is available for download.

Please consider supporting the Triple Celebration as a sponsor. Your financial support will help underwrite our speakers, workshops, special guests, and activities, ensuring a memorable and meaningful celebration for all to enjoy. The event registration fee includes the cost of food and only a portion of our total expenses. Your sponsorship will help support an exciting lineup of engaging workshops, elegant lunch banquet, special musical group from Japan, and a weekend of fun-filled activities for the whole family. We humbly ask for your support.

See the sponsorship form for how you can support the Triple Celebration. Please contact Rev. Blayne Higa at 808-323-2993 or bhiga@honpahi.org for questions or more information. Mahalo!

Triple Celebration Buddhist Education Series

Satoshi Ka'imipono Tomioka
Rev. Satoshi Ka’imipono Tomioka

Ten Buddhist education sessions are offered online via Zoom from January to August, leading up to the Triple Celebration (registration now open). Topics align with the structure of the Kyogyoshinsho, a work written by Shinran Shonin in 1224 that was the basis for establishing the Jodo Shinshu Tradition.

Rev. Satoshi Ka’imipono Tomioka is the lead on Buddhist Education for the Triple Celebration Committee. You can read his message about the Zoom sessions.

Here is a flyer showing an overview of the sessions:

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Overall flyer: JPG | PDF

You can display a calendar listing of all the Triple Celebration Buddhist Education sessions on the Buddhist Study Center website.

REGISTRATION: There is a single registration form for all the sessions. (Registration for the education sessions is separate from registration for the Triple Celebration on Sept. 7-8, 2024.)

Triple Celebration Committee Members

You may contact the Triple Celebration committee by emailing triple.celebration@honpahi.org.

Co-Chairs

Rev. Tomo Hojo
Rev. Ai Hironaka

Service

Rimban Kazunori Takahashi

Buddhist Education

Rev. Satoshi Tomioka

Publication

Bishop Toshiyuki Umitani

Workshops

Rev. Tomo Hojo
Rev. Ai Hironaka

Accommodation

Derrick Inouye

Fundraising

Rev. Blayne Higa

Public Relations

Rimban Yuika Hasebe

Triple Celebration News & Announcements

This page displays news items on this site that are tagged as “Triple Celebration.”

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Triple Celebration Bulletin #2: Service, Youth Discount, Choir, Sponsorship

The second Triple Celebration bulletin is now available! In it you will find information about: The Triple Celebration Service from Rev. Kazunori Takahashi Registration, including an online option and the discounted youth registration fee The statewide choir for the 135th Anniversary Service from Francis Okano Triple Celebration sponsorship opportunities from Rev. Blayne Higa About the […]

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Seeking Participants to Join the Triple Celebration Choir!

The Triple Celebration Choir will be singing during the prelude of the 135th Commemorative Service on Sunday, September 8, 2024. The two gathas selected are: “When I look Up at the Sky” (Ano Sora Mireba) “Moments Like This” (Sonna Toki Watashi wa Kuchizusamu) To indicate your interest in joining the Triple Celebration Choir, simply check […]

850th - 800th anniversary service at Honzan

Rev. Yuika Hasebe reflects upon 850th and 800th anniversary celebrations in Kyoto

In 2023, members of Hongwanji Hawaii joined in Kyoto to celebrate the 850th anniversary of Shinran Shonin’s birth and the 800th anniversary of the establishment of the Jodo Shinshu teaching. What follows is a reflection on the celebrations by Reverend Yuika Hasebe, the chief minister at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, along with some photos. Reflections […]

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HHMH organizes Triple Celebration Buddhist Education Series

Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii has organized a Triple Celebration Buddhist Education Series to be held online throughout the year of 2024. The first session is on Saturday, January 13 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Hawaii Standard Time). The featured speaker will be Dr. David Matsumoto of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley. He […]

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800th anniversary of the establishment of the Jodo Shinshu teaching
850th anniversary of the birth of Shinran Shonin
135th anniversary of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii

Contact the Committee
triple.celebration@honpahi.org