Bon Dance 2019: Building the Yagura


Mahalo to the friends, family, and members who came out to build the yagura in preparation for our Bon Dance on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Bellows Japanese Cemetery Visit & Service

Photos by Dennis Tashiro

On June 10, 2019, 12 members and guests from Windward Buddhist Temple visited the Bellows Japanese Cemetery in Waimanalo. Located on the military base, it requires permission and an escort to visit. Rev. Sumikawa held a brief service and flowers were placed on the approximately 30 graves, many of which date back to the 1910s. We are hoping to make this into an annual Obon service and invite the family members of those buried at the site.

Dharma School: Earth Day Kailua Beach Clean Up


Our Dharma School students held an Earth Day beach cleanup activity at Kailua Beach before the Earth Day & Remembrance Day service. The kids, families and friends met at the Kailua beach at 7:30 am. After a brief service led by Rev. Bert Sumikawa, about 16 participants went about picking up buckets of trash. It was a great way to appreciate and protect our environment and potentially save ocean creatures and animals.


Taste of Hongwanji 2019

Mahalo for joining us at the Taste of Hongwanji 2019 at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. Our booth featured our homemade takuan, bitter melon namasu, manju, mochi cupcakes, and boiled peanuts. We also had handmade crafts including photo cards, fabric cards made from old kimonos, and pillow cases. We completely sold out!

Soba Demonstration

We welcomed accomplished soba makers from the Fukui Prefecture of Japan, who demonstrated the art of making the noodles from scratch.

Dinner & A Movie Night - Coco

We held a Dinner & A Movie Night on November 11, 2018, featuring the movie Coco, which was the subject of one of Joy’s Dharma Talks.

Family Promise 6th Annual 5K Fun Run

Kailua Hongwanji members were up bright and early for the 6th annual Family Promise of Hawai`i 5K Fun Run at Kailua Intermediate School.

Family Promise has assisted hundreds of homeless families in Hawaii transition into long-term housing. Kailua Hongwanji partners with the temples in the Honpa Hongwanji’s Honolulu District to support Family Promise throughout the year.

At the end of the course, the Junior YBAs served shave ice.

Kailua Hongwanji 50th Anniversary Lunch

Bishop Eric Matsumoto gives his congratulatory message

After our 50th Anniversary Service at the temple, we celebrated with a luncheon at Mid-Pacific Country Club. Old photos and albums from the archives were on display for members to reminisce upon. Congratulatory messages were read by Bishop Eric Matsumoto and Pieper Toyama, President of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

This was followed by a special video produced by Joy & John Nishida, Joshua Chang, and Neil Yamamoto. The video can be viewed by clicking below.

Before departing, we joined hands and sang Hawai'i Aloha

Kailua Hongwanji 50th Anniversary Service

On August 10, 1968, Kailua Hongwanji Mission became a full-fledged, independent temple of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. Fifty years later, we celebrate accomplishing many of the goals our predecessors had, including replacing the former temple, a repurposed home, with a modern, multi-purpose building that serves the membership and the broader community.

We held a special service on September 9, 2018 to celebrate Kailua Hongwanji Mission's 50th anniversary. We were honored to have in attendance Bishop Eric Matsumoto; Pieper Toyoama, President of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii; and several past KHM resident ministers and Kyodan presidents. Everyone in attendance also received a special 50th Anniversary program and a logo gift.

After the service, we took a group photo (thanks Josh Chang for squeezing us all in without any hidden faces) and proceeded to a luncheon at Mid-Pacific Country Club.